Mumbai. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has said that he would like to see Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur in the Indian team as the third and fourth fast bowlers respectively in the fifth and final Test against England starting on Friday. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are set to play, while the other fast bowling options include Siraj, Thakur, Pranbhav Krishna and Umesh Yadav. Last year this match could not be played due to Corona. Team India is leading 2-1 in the series. However, there is doubt on the playing of captain Rohit Sharma. He is currently in isolation due to Corona. Mayank Agarwal has meanwhile reached England.
Ajit Agarkar said, Mohammad Siraj did well last year, when India played the first 4 Tests against England. His performance has improved a lot and there is no reason to drop him. Talking to Sony Sports, he said that Shardul can also bat well at number 8 and he is very effective on the helpful wicket of seamers. He said that I think these two should be in the team. Otherwise the list of tail batsmen will get long. There seems to be a possibility of Shardul on choosing 4 fast bowlers.
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Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar said that poor performance in IPL should not affect Siraj’s selection in the Indian team. He said that IPL cannot be compared with Test cricket in England. Look at his performance in test cricket in the last 12 months. He can bowl long spells when the ball is old and he also has the pace. I would be surprised if he didn’t make it to the team as the third fast bowler.
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However, before the Test match, Team India has suffered a setback. Before Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul has also been ruled out due to injury. Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shrikar Bharat have definitely given signs of good form by scoring half-centuries in the practice match held in the last days.
Tags: Ajit Agarkar, IND vs ENG, India Vs England, Mohammed siraj, Shardul Thakur, Team India
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 28, 2022, 21:13 IST