With just a week until the countdown to the upcoming ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Finals between India and New Zealand, experts and fans are exchanging ideas on what the Indian team’s lineup will look like before the conflict of the top.
Although some people say that Mohammed Siraj should look to XI, others think that high-ranking politician Ishant Sharma should be necessary due to his experience in English conditions.
Former Indian star Harbhajan Singh has now made the same judgment: he believes Sharma may miss the game due to Siraj’s recent good form, and he believes he can move the ball in both directions through the seams and swing. The right handed pacer was the discoverer of the Indian series, choosing 12 wickets and even leading Gabba’s bowling offence with no other pacemakers on the team.
“If I was the captain, I would go with three pure fast bowlers. In that case, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami pick themselves. In this final, I would like to go with Mohammed Siraj ahead of Ishant Sharma,” said by Harbhajan Singh as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Harbhajan Singh chose Mohammad Siraj ahead of Ishant Sharma for the Finals against Kiwis.
“You have to look at present scenario. Siraj’s form, pace and confidence makes him a better choice for this final match. The kind of form he is in last six months, he looks like a bowler who is hungry for his chances. Ishant has gone through some injuries of late but has been a great servant of Indian cricket no doubt,” quoted by Former spinner.
Although the verdict on the nature of the stadium has yet to be delivered, India is set to hold a green game at the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton, which is the site of the big tent clash. Harbhajan believes Siraj will be one of the few on these courts with his lethal speed.
“If you leave some grass on the surface, Siraj with his pace will be lethal. Trust me, New Zealand batters won’t find him easy as he not only hits the deck but also gets to move the ball off the pitch at brisk pace. He can create awkward angles for batsmen,” further added by him.