Mohammed Siraj WTC Final
Chopra cites Siraj's excellent ODI record, particularly in Asia, as the reason for his backing.

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has asserted that Mohammed Siraj should unquestionably make it to the playing XI over Shardul Thakur and Prasidh Krishna. Chopra’s recommendation stems from Siraj’s impressive ODI track record, particularly in the Asian conditions.

The imminent ICC ODI World Cup holds immense significance for the Indian cricket team, and selecting the ideal squad composition is a pivotal decision. With Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Prasidh Krishna included in the 17-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, the selection dilemma looms large. Alongside these three pacers, the presence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami adds depth and potency to India’s fast-bowling artillery.

Mohammed Siraj’s prowess in Asian conditions is undeniably noteworthy. Having featured in 17 ODIs on the Asian subcontinent, Siraj has showcased his mettle by securing an impressive 35 wickets. His average of 16.57 and an economy rate of 4.51 in these matches underscore his proficiency. Furthermore, in India, the seamer’s performance remains exceptional, with 29 dismissals in 14 ODIs, boasting an average of 15.44 and an economy rate of 4.33.

Aakash Chopra, renowned for his insightful cricket analysis, showered praise on Mohammed Siraj on his YouTube channel.

“Mohammed Siraj is brilliant. He has had a brief career. 43 wickets in 24 matches at an average of 20.7 and an economy rate of 4.78. They are better than both Bumrah’s and Shami’s numbers. In Asia, his average is 16.57, and the economy rate is 4.51,” emphasized Aakash Chopra.

“His numbers in Asia outperform his numbers outside of Asia.” So, for those wondering whether Shardul Thakur or Prasidh Krishna may be played instead of Siraj, the answer is negative. You will have to play Siraj only. You should play him,” he concluded.