In the last ODI game between India and South Africa, India’s speedster Mohammed Siraj once again outdid himself. In the decisive game of the series, Siraj took two wickets for just 17 runs from his five overs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
Following a game-winning effort of 3/38 from his 10 overs in the second ODI in Ranchi, which ultimately changed the series in India’s favour, this was the turn of the ball for the Indian team.
For his outstanding performance against South Africa, the right-arm fast bowler was named the series’ best player. After watching Siraj play, Wasim Jaffer, a former Indian batter, was pleased and suggested that India replace injured Jasprit Bumrah with Siraj for the next T20 World Cup in Australia.
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Although Mohammed Shami, who is mostly anticipated to replace Bumrah, is in the reserves, India has not yet announced a substitute for Bumrah.
“You’ve got to think about Siraj because he has been playing consistently. He’s done well in whatever opportunities he has got. He has picked wickets and has looked threatening. He is always at you. He is somebody, as a captain, you want to throw a ball to all the time,” Jaffer said on ESPNcricinfo.
In India’s victory over Australia in the Test series under Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, Siraj made himself known as a potential captain of the pace attack. Siraj shone out in the 2020–21 series and was one of the key drivers of the series victory despite the absence or injury of several key Indian players from the Indian starting lineup.
“Sometimes, he can be expensive, but in the second ODI and even today (Tuesday), he picked up crucial wickets. In the last match, he bowled really well at the death.
Because he is playing consistently, you need to think about Siraj. Shami will be very rusty going into the World Cup. Siraj might be the front-runner now,” Jaffer further added.