Shreyas Iyer, the Mumbai opener, and Hyderabad pacer Mohammad Siraj received their maiden T20I call-ups for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Ashish Nehra has been named in the squad for only the first game following his recent announcement that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the T20I in Delhi.
Siraj, the Sunrisers Hyderabad quick, also shone brightly in the IPL by picking up 10 scalps at 21.2. The promising pacer, known for his control and yorkers, has bagged 26 scalps at a healthy average of 18.73 in the shortest format of the game.
“You all should be happy that we have picked two youngsters. Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj,” MSK Prasad, the chief of the selection panel, said. “Shreyas has been prolific in all forms of the game, be it four-day’s format, be it one-day or T20, be it IPL, he has been performing. We will sit with this policy that if we pick a player, we will give him an extended rope, and we will continue with him and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful. So is the case with Siraj. He is doing well, he has been duly recognised and rewarded as well,” he added.
“He’s doing really well. There’s no concern about that. He is still the best wicketkeeper-batsman, not only India has but still one of the best in the world. It’s not just about MSD, there are a lot of other players who are being rotated in the batting order. Prior to a big event, six or seven months prior the World Cup, we should have consolidated batting positions and we will stick with it,” he noted.