Former national selector Sarandeep Singh said, “If India go with four fast bowlers, I will keep Shardul in the team.” Sarandeep’s tenure as selector ended with the tour of Australia earlier this year. He preferred Shardul over Siraj because of his batting skills.
New Delhi. former national selector Sarandeep Singh India feels Shardul Thakur should be included in the playing XI instead of Mohammad Siraj if they go with four fast bowlers for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton. Sarandeep’s tenure as selector came to an end with the tour of Australia earlier this year. He preferred Shardul over Siraj because of his batting skills.
Shardul had presented a good example of his ability in Australia. According to the current circumstances, India can go into the match starting June 18 with three fast bowlers and two spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Sarandeep said, “If it is cloudy then you can play with Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami with an extra fast bowler. I will pick Shardul as the fourth fast bowler although Siraj has also done well. “You also need batting options down the order and Shardul provides that option. The bowlers will also get help in Southampton and Shardul can swing the ball. He has many years of experience in domestic cricket and has a very sharp mind when it comes to cricket. Sarandeep said that if the fourth fast bowler is selected, then Jadeja will have to sit out. Ashwin should play because New Zealand has a lot of left-handed batsmen.
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