IND vs BAN Asia Cup 2023: Why is Mohammed Siraj not playing?

Updated on: Sep 15, 2023 3:05 pm IST

IND vs BAN Asia Cup 2023: Why is Mohammed Siraj not playing?

In a strategic and forward-thinking move, the Indian cricket team has chosen to implement five significant changes to their playing lineup for the dead rubber match against Bangladesh. This move comes just ahead of the much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023 Final.

IND vs BAN Asia Cup 2023: Why is Mohammed Siraj not playing?

A notable alteration involves the strategic decision to rest the fast-bowling sensation, Mohammed Siraj, as part of a comprehensive workload management strategy.

Mohammed Siraj, with his fiery pace and ability to trouble batsmen, has become a vital cog in India’s bowling arsenal. The decision to provide him with a well-deserved rest underscores the team’s proactive approach towards managing the players’ physical exertion and ensuring their optimum performance in crucial upcoming encounters.

Rohit Sharma at toss: We are gonna field first. It is something we haven’t done in the tournament, we haven’t done it under lights so it gives us an opportunity to bat under lights. The wicket honestly has got everything for everyone. Pacers who bend their back in the daytime have also got movement and there have been assistance for the spinners. Got to be brave and play your natural game. We got to give game time to some other guys who haven’t played. We have made five changes. Virat, Hardik, Siraj, Bumrah and Kuldeep are out. Tilak makes his debut. Shami and Prasidh also come in. Suryakumar also gets a game.

The contemporary cricketing landscape demands a careful balance between player workload and performance excellence. The rest given to Mohammed Siraj in this dead rubber match showcases the team management’s emphasis on long-term player fitness and sustainability in a demanding cricketing calendar.

While this match might be labeled a dead rubber in terms of the tournament standings, it presents an invaluable opportunity for emerging and backup players to exhibit their capabilities at the international level. India’s cricketing depth is evident, allowing them to rest a key player and still field a strong and competitive team.

As the Asia Cup 2023 Final looms, these thoughtfully planned changes in the lineup highlight the team’s meticulous approach to team composition and performance optimization. It’s about striking the right balance between providing essential rest to key players and affording others an opportunity to make their mark on the international stage.

Ind Playing 11

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna

Bench: Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer

Ban Playing 11

Litton Das (wk), Tanzid Hasan, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed , Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman

Bench: Mohammad Naim, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Afif Hossain

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