This deadly bowler can return in the third test, will he become Bumrah’s bowling partner?

By Nishu Bhardwaj February 7, 2024 9:38 PM IST

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Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami

Team India won the second match of the 5-match Test series being played between India and England by 106 runs and leveled the series at 1-1. Now the third match of the series between the two teams will be played on the ground of Rajkot from 15th February. The selectors have not yet announced the team regarding this. This may see the return of fast bowler Mohammad Siraj, who was not a part of the team in the second Test match, whose decision was taken to rest from the Visakhapatnam Test match to manage his workload. The Hyderabad Test match was nothing special for Siraj.

There will be less pressure on Jasprit Bumrah

Mohammad Siraj bowled only 11 overs in the Hyderabad Test match in which the Indian team had to face defeat. However, his form has been quite excellent this time, in which Siraj managed to impress everyone with his bowling in the Test series against South Africa. According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, Siraj’s return to the team for the third Test is considered almost certain. In such a situation, his return will also reduce the pressure on Jasprit Bumrah, who has now reached the first position in the ICC Test bowling rankings on the basis of his excellent performance in the Visakhapatnam Test match. Bumrah has been playing continuously since becoming fully fit after suffering a stress fracture before the World Cup last year, so the team management may decide to rest him to manage his workload.

Shami’s return difficult

When the team was announced for the first two matches of this Test series, the name of Mohammed Shami was not included, who has not been seen playing a single international match since the World Cup. Shami is suffering from an ankle injury and has been sent to England to get it repaired, so it will take time for him to recover and it is looking difficult for him to make a comeback even in the last three Test matches of this series.

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