Former India batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar opines that Mohammed Siraj will become a red-ball specialist pacer for India but isn’t the finest of white-ball bowlers. Sanjay Manjrekar concurs with the management’s decision to give Prasidh Krishna the nod over Siraj in the first ODI against England on Tuesday.
While Mohammed Siraj has been terrific in his 5-match Test career – 16 wickets including a five-for in Brisbane – however, his performances in limited-overs cricket have been underwhelming. In his solitary ODI outing, the pacer was taken away for 76 runs and had also leaked at 12.33 per over in his 3 T20Is. His IPL numbers – an average of 27.79 at an economy of 9.08 – are also discouraging.
Sanjay Manjrekar points out that with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s brilliant comeback and Shardul Thakur impressing everyone in the death overs, and Hardik Pandya fit enough to bowl, it is unlikely that fringe players such as Siraj or Navdeep Saini will get a regular run in the white-ball team.
“Prasidh Krishna is just another bowling talent that India is exploring. They have already got their five guys. I’m not a big fan of Mohammed Siraj in white-ball cricket. If he has found his confidence in Test match cricket, India might just look at Mohammed Siraj more and more of that. Saini, too with more white-ball cricket. But with Shardul and other guys around, they have got plenty of white ball seam bowling options. I’m very happy for Prasidh Krishna,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
Even guys who were not playing in the T20 XI were also exciting options: Sanjay Manjrekar
The 55-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator is excited at the talent pool in the current Indian team. On Tuesday, along with Krishna, all-rounder Krunal Pandya was given his ODI debut – and he hit a brisk half-century days after Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have given the Virat Kohli and management more options to choose from. On the Australia tour, India found several heroes, inexperienced in those situations and conditions, but managed to come out on top.
“I’m looking at Indian cricket, and I’m excited with the kind of talent pool available. We have seen some exciting T20 batting talent; in fact, guys who were not playing in the T20 XI for India, those guys were also exciting options that you would be keen to go to. And same with seam bowling. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s comeback in the T20 series was significant,” the former batsman added.