Team India’s Super-six Performance Secures Mohammed Siraj’s Place in Stellar Pack, Puts Pressure on Shami to Elevate Game

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Possibility of Bumrah, Siraj and Shami playing in tandem appears slim as all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been doing the third seamer’s job fairly well

Sayak Banerjee

Calcutta | Published 19.09.23, 08:14 AM

Mohammed Siraj’s Rise in International Cricket

  • Mohammed Siraj was the highest wicket-taker for India in the 2020-21 tour of Australia
  • He continued his success in the Asia Cup, leading India to victory
  • Siraj has shown consistency and evolution as a bowler
  • His ability to swing and move the ball both ways has impressed
  • Siraj has proven himself in both pacer-friendly and challenging conditions

Competition for a Spot in the XI

  • Skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid preferred Siraj over Shami in the Asia Cup
  • Siraj’s performance makes it difficult to leave him out of the XI
  • Shami’s experience and skills are still valued by the team management
  • Conditions will determine Shami’s comeback to the XI

Siraj’s Consistency and Improvement

  • Siraj has shown immense consistency in his performances
  • He has developed a strong outswinger and improved his overall variation
  • Fitness and freshness give Siraj an advantage over Shami
  • Rotation is expected to bring Shami back into action

Roles and Possibility of Playing Together

  • Hardik Pandya has been performing well as the third seamer
  • The possibility of Bumrah, Siraj, and Shami playing together appears slim
  • However, certain pitches and conditions may favor the trio playing together

Source: The Telegraph

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