With which pace attack the Indian team will enter the World Test Championship 2021 Final, starting from June 18, it still remains a puzzle. Young fast bowler Mohammad Siraj, who made his Test debut on Australia tour, has impressed many experts with his game that he is insisting on his inclusion in the playing XI. The question is that if Team India feeds Siraj, then which player will he sit out in his place. Indian team’s senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has suggested that he should feed Siraj in place of Ishant Sharma.
The veteran spin bowler said that considering Siraj’s “great improvement” in his performance, he should be included in the playing XI in the WTC final against New Zealand. He said that this young fast bowler should be replaced by Ishant Sharma.
Bhajji said in an interview to PTI, ‘If I am the captain, I will play 3 fast bowlers. So Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be sure. In this final I would like to take Mohammad Siraj instead of Ishant Sharma. He said, ‘Ishant is a great bowler but my choice for this match is Siraj who has shown great improvement in the last two years.’
Harbhajan believes that a player’s current form should always be looked at and so should Siraj, whose five-wicket haul in Brisbane was crucial in India’s series win. The veteran bowler, who took 417 Test wickets, said, ‘You should look at the current form. Siraj’s form, pace and confidence make him a better option for the final match.
Harbhajan, who has played 103 Test matches, further said in praise of Siraj, ‘Looking at the form of the last six months, he looks like a bowler who is hungry for opportunities. Ishant has had to deal with some injuries in the recent past, but he has been a great asset to Indian cricket, no doubt about it.
He said, ‘If you leave some grass on the pitch, then Siraj will be dangerous at his own pace. Believe me, it will not be easy for the New Zealand batsmen to play him as he moves the ball ‘off the pitch’ with his speed. He can bowl in difficult angles for the batsmen.
40-year-old Bhajji said, “A score of 375 to 400 runs in the first innings will be good for the Indian fast bowling attack. But for this, Gill will also have to bat well. Rohit has got a lot of success with the white ball during the World Cup and he is also very experienced.