MSK Prasad, the former chairman of the Indian selection committee, has lauded Mohammed Siraj, claiming that he has surpassed the new entrants in the Indian pace-bowling arsenal in such a quick span of time.
Mohammed Siraj, as per MSK Prasad, has accomplished quite enough to secure his spot in the starting 11 ahead of the more seasoned players in the UK tour.
Mohammed Siraj made his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, replacing Mohammed Shami for the Boxing Day Test after the latter was pulled out of the series due to an injury. In the two innings, Siraj had the figures of 2/40 and 3/37. Siraj took just two wickets in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground before claiming his first five-wicket haul in India’s historic victory at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Mohammed Siraj amazed everyone with his consistency and evident abilities, as he ended up becoming India’s leading wicket-taker throughout the series. With Mohammed Shami returning back to the team, it would be fascinating to see how the Indian seam-bowling attack will be constructed for the WTC final and the five Tests against England.
MSK Prasad lauds Mohammed Siraj’s growth
It’s unclear which pacers India will stick with, but from what MSK Prasad has said, one person that will undoubtedly be mentioned is Siraj, who has pleased early in his career.
“Today, Siraj has overtaken all these guys, he’s giving you wickets consistently on both Indian and Australian soil. So I am sure Siraj is far ahead now. Better to invest in them thinking about the future also, nothing better for a fast bowler than to bowl in English conditions,” said MSK Prasad.
The Indian pace attack in the 20 man squad for the WTC final against New Zealand and the five-match test series against England consists of six pacers which include Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav. Along with these pacers, Prasidh Krishna, Arzan Nagwaswalla and Avesh Khan have also been included as standby players in the squad.