Parthiv Patel questions Siraj’s selection in first Test. Mohammed Siraj bowled only 11 overs in India’s first Test against England.
India lost by 28 runs to England in the opening Test of the five-match series at Hyderabad. In a thrilling game, the foreigners rallied from a 190-run deficit in the first inning to win.
While England went into the first Test with only one frontline pacer, Mark Wood, and three spinners, Jack Leach, Tom Hartley, and Rehan Ahmed, India chose to field Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj alongside the spin combination of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel. Bumrah played an important role in the game, taking six wickets in 24.4 overs. His fellow seamer, Siraj, was only employed for four overs in the first innings and seven in the second, failing to pick up a wicket in either.
Parthiv Patel believed that India should have utilized one extra batter in place of Siraj
who was used sparingly. He believed that this decision would have allowed Kuldeep Yadav to play ahead of Axar Patel, providing more diversity to the spin-bowling department.
“There is no doubt that three spinners are sufficient, but I have a different opinion. You’ve only used Siraj for 6 or 7 overs in the Test match. Rohit Sharma complimented Axar Patel’s batting talents before the Test match, hence he played ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. If you desire diversity, choose Kuldeep over Axar,” Parthiv told Jio Cinema.
“And if you don’t use Siraj much, why not play an extra pure batter. So you’ll have three types of bowlers: Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kuldeep, with the extra batter adding depth to the batting. And there’s no use in playing someone if you just give him 7 overs,” he said.
After the first Test finished in four days, India will have an extra day to reflect on their defeat and strategize for the next Test, which begins on Friday, February 2, at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.