In the second Test against Windies at Hyderabad, India played Shardul Thakur in the team over Mohammad Siraj and this decision has irked some fans who expressed their displeasure on Twitter.
The Test is played at Hyderabad, the team which Siraj represents in Ranji trophy and hence some fans felt Siraj should have debuted on his home ground while some pointed out at his impressive domestic performance.
Hailed as a quick learner by several former players including India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, Siraj has taken giant strides in domestic cricket.
His 41 wickets in the Ranji trophy season in 2016 brought him in the limelight and one year later he was sold for a whopping 2.6 crores in IPL auction. All these factors look even more glorious when considering the fact that the pace bowler bowled with a cricket ball for the first time in his life only in 2015.
However, it is his recent performance for India A team that has stormed him into India’s Test squad. In his last five innings for India A, he claimed 25 wickets which include an eight-for against Australia A and two five-wicket hauls against South Africa A.
Although this stellar show booked a place for him in the Test squad, it was not enough to offer him a debut in the second Test. The team management preferred Shardul Thakur who too has done well in domestic cricket over Siraj and presented him with the Test cap.
This decision by the team management has irked some fans on Twitter. Soon after the Test commenced, fans started registering their displeasure on this issue.