Mohammed Siraj has gone through a huge transformation since last year. Ever since his inclusion in the Indian test team, the Hyderabad born lad is a changed man. The player who was once trolled for his high economy in the Indian Premier League, is now one of India’s most important bowlers in the longest format of the game. Despite his brilliant performances, the youngster was not even considered for a place in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In this article, we will be giving some logical and definitive reasons as to why Md Siraj was not picked by the selectors.
Selecting experienced players
Seeing India’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup, we can assume this much that the selectors have given an edge to experienced and senior players. The 3 pacers that have been selected are Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, all three of whom are much more experienced than Mohammed Siraj in all aspects of the game. At a tournament as important as the T20 World Cup, Team India needs players who can tackle any situation with a cool mind and keeping that in mind, it is a right decision.
Mohammed Siraj’s experience in T20 Internationals
Mohammed Shami might be India’s go-to option in Test cricket, but when it comes to T20s, the youngster is not much tested at International level. Siraj has played just 3 T20 Internationals for team India and has picked up just 3 wickets in all of them combined. His best spell has been a disappointing 1/45 and he has had an economy of 12.33 which is considered very poor.
Siraj’s performance in IPL 2021
Mohammed Siraj has been decent in the first half of IPL 2021 but not so much that his performance would win over the selectors. He might have had a few good spells here and there but his inconsistency was pretty well evident and even his good performances were not ‘good enough’ to secure a spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad.