Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma
Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad and former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta have picked their favourite pacer between Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma to replace Mohammed Siraj in IND vs SA 3rd Test. India and South Africa will lock horns in the 3rd and final Test of the ongoing Test series in Cape Town from January 11.

Mohammed Siraj faced a hamstring injury during day 1 of IND vs SA 1st Test. The right-arm pacer could only bowl 15.5 overs in the match. His ouster on day 1 put India one bowler down in the match, which India lost by 7 wickets. Siraj is highly unlikely to be fit for the next Test and with his ouster, India will have to go ahead with either Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma in the playing XI.

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MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad. Image Credits: Twitter

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Ishant Sharma Or Umesh Yadav: MSK Prasad, Deep Dasgupta Pick Favourite Replacement For Mohammed Siraj

While speaking to PTI, MSK Prasad and Deep Dasgupta opened up about their favourite choice between Umesh and Ishant to replace Siraj for the next IND vs SA Test. Both of them picked Ishant Sharma as their favourite choice and also revealed the reasons behind the same.

“We missed a tall fast bowler in Johannesburg and the only one we have is Ishant. On these kind of tracks, he is my choice ahead of Umesh. Had it been an Indian track which is rugged and feels like dustbowl, Umesh would be my ‘go to’ man,” MSK Prasad told PTI.

IND vs SA: Ishant Sharma Or Umesh Yadav! MSK Prasad, Deep Dasgupta Pick Favourite Pacer To Replace Mohammed Siraj In 3rd Test
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Deep Dasgupta pointed out two reasons for picking Ishant Sharma as a replacement to Mohammed Siraj in IND vs SA 3rd Test.

“I won’t be able to say whether Kohli has the same faith in Ishant’s abilities which he had till 2019. But even then in this game, Ishant, if played, could come in handy compared to Umesh. Firstly, with that height, he would hit tougher lengths and secondly because of his ability to keep the batters quiet for long periods of time which unfortunately didn’t happen on a bowler friendly track at the Wanderers”.

Also, Ishant bowls that fourth stump line where the ball can straighten or cut back enough to make the batters play. But yes, team management will check out their practice form too,” Deep Dasgupta said.

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Bharat Arun with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav [Image-Getty]
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While Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur will be the three pacers India will pick, one among Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma will also get a call in the playing XI. Both these pacers played in the previous Test series against New Zealand. While Umesh Yadav picked 2 wickets in 2 Tests at an average of 40.0, Ishant Sharma remained wicketless in the one game he played.

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