Only 11 overs were bowled by Mohammed Siraj during the first Test match between India and England.
In Hyderabad, India lost the opening Test of the five-match series to England by a score of 28 runs. In a thrilling game, the tourists overcame a 190-run deficit in the first innings to win.
For the first Test, India chose to field Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj alongside the spin combination of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel, whereas England entered the match with just one frontline pacer in Mark Wood and three spinners in Jack Leach, Tom Hartley, and Rehan Ahmed. Bumrah, who bowled 24.4 overs and took six wickets, was a major contributor to the match. Nevertheless, Siraj, another seamer, was only utilized for four overs during the first innings and seven overs during the second, going down without a wicket in both efforts.
Parthiv Patel, a former wicketkeeper for India, believed that Siraj, who was only occasionally employed, should have been replaced with an extra batter. According to him, this would have given Kuldeep Yadav the opportunity to play ahead of Axar Patel and increased the spin-bowling department’s diversity.
“Three spinners is plenty, no question about it, but I see things differently. Throughout the Test match, Siraj has only been deployed for six or seven overs. Rohit Sharma stated prior to the Test match that Axar Patel’s batting prowess allowed him to start ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. Parthiv told Jio Cinema, “If you need variety, you could pick Kuldeep ahead of Axar.”
And why not play an extra pure batter if you are not using Siraj much? With Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kuldeep as your three bowling options, the extra batter will provide the batting more depth. Additionally, he said, “Playing someone for just seven overs is pointless.”
India will get an extra day to reflect on their defeat and make plans for the next Test, which starts on Friday, February 2, at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, after the first Test concluded in four days.