Siraj would be hoping to make an impression with the World Cup just around the corner and the Australian batting line-up will give him a good work-out.
Adelaide: Mohammed Siraj made his ODI debut for India at Adelaide on Tuesday in the second match of the ongoing series against Australia.
The Hyderabad pacer came into the team in place of Khaleel Ahmed, who had a poor outing in the first ODI in Sydney, going for 55 runs in his eight overs.
Siraj had made has played three T20Is, making his India debut in 2017 against New Zealand in Rajkot. The speedster hasn't done anything significant in national colours so far. He has taken three wickets so far at an average of nearly 50 and an economy of over 12 runs per over.
However, he has done well for India A, and played a big role in Hyderabad's 2016-17 Ranji Trophy campaign that saw them reach the quarter-finals. Siraj grabbed eyeballs when he was bought by the then Indian Premier League (IPL) defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore. His journey from a very modest economic background to landing IPL big bucks made the headlines at that time.
In two seasons of the IPL, he has taken 21 wickets at an average of 27.57 and an economy of 9.04. He has 112 first-class, 56 List A and 50 T20 wickets.
Siraj would be hoping to make an impression with the World Cup just around the corner and the Australian batting line-up will give him a good work-out. With some of the frontline Indian pacers, like Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav absent, and the third pacer's slot being a cause of concern for the visitors, Siraj has a golden opportunity. Can he make an impact?
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Last Updated Jan 15, 2019, 10:13 AM IST