Mohammad Siraj in Team: Harbhajan Singh has said that he would like to replace Ishant Sharma with Mohammad Siraj in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand.
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh believes pacer Mohammad Siraj should be included in the playing XI in the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand given the “great improvement” in his performance.
Harbhajan Singh also said that opener Shubman Gill should get back into form after his poor performances in England and the IPL. Talking about his favorite combination for the team for the WTC Final, he said that Siraj should replace Ishant Sharma in the playing XI.
He said on Thursday, ‘If I am the captain, I will play three 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 instrumental in India’s series win.
The off-spinner said, ‘You should look at the current form. Siraj’s form, pace and confidence make him a better option for the final match. 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 a few injuries in the recent past, but he has been a great asset to Indian cricket, no doubt about it.
“If you leave some grass on the pitch, Siraj will be dangerous at his own pace. Trust 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. ‘
Regarding Gill, Harbhajan said that he is confident that the talented Punjab batsman must have worked on his shortcomings and expressed hope that he will do well in the next three months in England.
“A score of 375 to 400 in the first innings would be good for the Indian fast bowling attack. But for this, Gill will also have to bat well. Rohit has had a lot of success with the white ball during the World Cup and he is also very experienced.