The Indian cricket team has made a major change in their lineup for the last ODI match against New Zealand, which is scheduled to be held at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. The main fast bowler of the team, Mohammad Siraj, Rested for the game.
The first two games of the series were won by the hosts by 12 runs and 8 wickets respectively, giving them an unassailable 2–0 lead.
Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami have been rested for the third ODI
Team India was tempted to change the starting XI now that the series had already been won to allow certain benched players to participate. It will be interesting to see how India take Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami in the starting XI along with Omran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal.
This news comes as a surprise to many fans, as Siraj has been a key player for the team in recent matches. He has performed consistently well, taking important wickets and putting pressure on the opposition batsmen. However, the team management decided to give him a break, probably to keep him fresh for the upcoming matches. One thing is certain – the Indian cricket team will have to find a way to fill the void in Siraj’s absence.
The decision to rest Siraj in the final ODI against New Zealand was a bold move by the team management. While this may come as a surprise to fans, it is important to remember that the goal is to ensure the team is in its best position for the next series. We have to wait and see how the Indian cricket team performs in the last ODI match without Siraj.
WATCH: Twitter reacts to Mohammad Siraj being rested for final ODI vs New Zealand
No Siraj and no Shami today 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️
— MaskFreeAdam (@adam30426887) January 24, 2023
Big gamble to rest both Siraj and Shami and go with a short seamer on a ground with a small boundary.
3 spinners including 2 wrist spinners who defend under lights.
— Akshay (@realakshay5) January 24, 2023
Brother Siraj Ko Q 😢
— Kishan Bhagat 🇮🇳 (@KishanB60777550) January 24, 2023
Shami and Siraj are out Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal, is it a trick or give chance to all the players who are with the team.
— Sarvesh Gautham (@cricloversarvsh) January 24, 2023
It is a very bad decision to drop both Shami and Siraj. Who will bowl in Powerplay – Hardik and Omran and Shardul. They will be hammered around the park, very small boundaries. Also they will be bowling dew. how much money @ImRo45 Don’t accept looking for a clean broom #IndvsNZ @BCCI
— Saurabh (@saurab19881987) January 24, 2023
Without Shami and Siraj in the team, New Zealand will make a mockery of our fast bowlers today.
— Aryan Natani 🇮🇳 (@NataniAryan) January 24, 2023
Bad decision to exclude both #Shami And #Siraj. Who will bowl in Powerplay – Hardik and Omran. They will be hammered around the park. Moreover, they will bowl with dew. Things not looking bright for a clean sweep.
#INDvNZ #INDvsNZ #NZvIND #NZvsIND #RohitSharma
— Aayan (@Aayan0999) January 24, 2023
Some strange changes have been made. Shami and Siraj could definitely play in the last ODI anyway they will have a break before the BGT.
— Tanmoy Roy 💡 (@iamtanmoyyy) January 24, 2023
Say Shami, Siraj is out… bring back the inexperienced Imran😂 and Shardul will lead the pace attack.. Bad bowling
— Meteor (@JumpoKang) January 24, 2023
Aaj Harenge Pakka Siraj Ko Haat Diya Ba Shami Ko Uzi Out Of Form Or Unrun Machine 🥲🥲
— Ajeyvlog Vlog (@ajeyvlog) January 24, 2023
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (W), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (w/c), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner.