Saba Karim said that Team India speedster Mohammed Siraj’s workload could be one of the factors that the team would consider before arriving at a decision. His comments came when he was talking about India’s ongoing first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram as well. However, India had the upper hand on Day 2 of the first Test on Thursday, December 15. After Ravichandran Ashwin (58) and Kuldeep Yadav (40) stitched 92 runs for the eighth wicket to help India post 404 in their first innings, Kuldeep (4/33) and Siraj (3/14) reduced Bangladesh to 133/8 by stumps on the day as well.
Meanwhile, Karim told India News: “They might think about Mohammed Siraj’s workload. He played in all three ODIs, But yes, enforcing the follow on is an option. They have bowled only 44 overs and have five bowlers, so there has not been any excess pressure on one particular bowler. They are still fresh. If both wickets fall early, that can be an option.”
Meanwhile, talking about this, former all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi shared that India must enforce the follow-on if they want to play aggressive cricket.
He said: “I feel India must definitely give the follow on against Bangladesh if we are talking of playing cricket in attacking mode. Teams normally bat again when they want the wicket to deteriorate further or if their fast bowlers are tired. India have not bowled a lot of overs, so I see no reason why the follow on shouldn’t be given.”
Meanwhile, Team India bowled only 44 overs on Day 2 of the Chattogram Test where Ashwin and Kuldeep bowled 10 overs each. While Siraj bowled nine, Umesh Yadav and Axar Patel bowled eight and seven overs respectively.
“It is important for India to maintain such pressure on the opposition. There is a big difference in the quality of the two teams and it is crucial to assert that dominance. This is exactly what India did. Ashwin and Kuldeep’s partnership was vital, because of which India scored 404. The application that Kuldeep and Ashwin displayed showed the kind of mettle that the Indian team possesses,” Saba Krim concluded.