Mohammed Shami with Mohammed Siraj. PC- Getty
Mohammed Shami with Mohammed Siraj. PC- Getty

Mohammed Siraj demonstrated noticeable development as a limited-overs bowler in the first ODI against Bangladesh, according to Aakash Chopra, who thinks India’s bowlers performed admirably. 

On Sunday, December 4, Mohammed Siraj bowled 10 overs for a score of 3/32 in Mirpur. The hosts’ last-wicket combo helped them cross the finish line with a 51-run stand, as his spell was unable to assist the Men in Blue defend a below-par 187-run total. 

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Mohammed Siraj (PC-Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj (PC-Getty Images)

Mohammed Siraj’s Carrer Graph Is Going Upwards: Aakash Chopra

In a video previewing the second ODI that he posted to his YouTube channel, Chopra praised Mohammed Siraj for his performance in the first match, going on to explain: 

“There is a special mention for Siraj, a lot of praise, because Siraj’s career graph is going upwards. He is consistently bowling well. It seemed earlier that he is only a red-ball bowler but he is now consistently doing well with the white ball as well.” 

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Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (PC-Getty Images)

The former Indian opener admitted Mohammed Siraj still has a ways to go in T20 cricket but added that he has improved as a 50-over bowler, saying: 

“I feel in T20 he is still slightly hit and miss but in ODI cricket, he bowls well at a particular spot, good sideways movement and troubles the batters with slight pace.” 

Chopra believes that Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur performed admirably in the opening ODI. He observed: 

“You might see both Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur playing. Both give you options as all-rounders, both have swing. Deepak Chahar bowled extremely well with the new ball and Shardul came later and bowled very well. So bowlers did a fairly decent job.” 

Chahar had a strong first outing in the series opener, but when he came back with the old ball, he was destroyed. In his nine overs of bowling, Thakur was incredibly economical and also claimed Mahmudullah’s wicket. 

I Don’t See Shahbaz Ahmed Playing In The Next Game: Aakash Chopra

When it comes to India’s bowling going into the game that must be won, Chopra says: 

“If you leave the last little while, the 51-run partnership should not have happened of course, but they did pick up nine wickets before that. They bowled well and if Rahul had held on to the catch, it would have been over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz was only on 15 at that stage. So I am not too worried from the bowlers’ viewpoint.” 

Shahbaz Ahmed. PC-BCCI
Shahbaz Ahmed. PC-BCCI

In his final statement, Chopra recommended that India only field five bowlers, with Axar Patel taking Shahbaz Ahmed’s place as the left-arm spinner.

He stated: “I don’t see Shahbaz playing because I want to pack my batting a little more. So that is why I am saying play Axar and Washington Sundar – five proper bowlers, where all of them get to get to bowl 10 overs apiece.” 

India fielded Kuldeep Sen as their sixth bowler in the opening ODI. Despite taking two wickets, the Madhya Pradesh pacer was fairly pricey, and he might need to be replaced if Rohit Sharma and company decide to deploy an additional batter. 

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