In a three-day warm-up match against County Select XI, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj have boosted the tension of the Indian team’s performance with their tremendous bowling. Siraj 2 and Umesh took three wickets on the second day of the match. Umesh in particular appeared in excellent rhythm and he was a clean bowling opposition leader. Umesh-Siraj made his claim for the first Test against England with a fatal bowling. Skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri are not easy to ignore.
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The brilliant bowling of Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav was shattered as the County Select XI cards and by the end of the second day of play the team had scored 220 for 9 wickets. It is yet to be determined what speed the Indian team will face in the Test series against England from August 4. It is believed that the team can show confidence in the trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah during the first Test match. But Umesh and Siraj’s tremendous bowling in the practice match has only compounded the problems of the team’s management. India did not allow Umesh-Siraj in the WTC final. Jaspreet Bumrah’s latest form is also a concern for the team. In the ongoing practice match against the county team, Bumrah could only take one wicket in his name. At the same time, in the WTC final, Bumrah was freed from the length of his line.
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In such a situation, the big question is whether the team’s management will try to replace Bumrah’s previous record on foreign ground, whether he will be playing in the XI or playing the role of Mohammed Siraj or Umesh Yadav. Siraj has also been stellar on tour of Australia and he continues to show his potential. At the same time, after the fast pace Umesh has seen in practice matches, it is interesting whether or not captain Kohli considers the bowler’s name. However, if India decide to go with four fast bowlers in the first Test, Siraj’s claim is stronger than Umesh’s.