Euro 2020 Special

Mohammed Siraj to Pucovski: Top Debutants From Aus v India

Mohammed Siraj was recently in the news for the unfortunate event of his father passing away. The Board of Control of India (BCCI) gave him an option of withdrawing from the tour and heading back home to be with his family but Siraj opted to stay in Australia and prepare for the Test series. This tells us the mentality of the man and the hardships professional sportsmen go through in their careers. Nevertheless, Mohammed Siraj has a chance to be a Test cricketer for India very soon and along with him, four other players can make their debuts for their country in the different formats in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series.

Here are the top debutants to look out for from India’s tour of Australia.


With Ishant Sharma set to miss the Test series due to his injury and the quarantine norms in Australia, it means Mohammed Siraj is all set to make his debut for India in Test cricket. His First-Class record is impeccable as he averages 23.00 with the ball and has picked up four five-wicket hauls in 36 matches. He has been a regular top performer for India A and fully deserves the national call up.


The Western Australian all-rounder has been picked in the squad for all three formats for this tour. He is relatively inexperienced as he made his First-Class debut in 2017 only. He averages almost 50 with the bat and 22.53 with the ball in red-ball cricket. Those numbers are outstanding and the only question is whether he’d be able to replicate those performances at the highest level of this sport.


Sanju Samson has tasted life as an international cricketer in the T20Is but has had a rocky start in the blue jersey. He has been included in the ODI squad as well and looks ready to take his chance this time around. He’s a classy batsman and will relish batting in Australian conditions. His lazy elegance is what makes him stand out but that has been his downfall as well on most occasions. He needs to prove that he can be consistent at the very top level and this is his best opportunity to do so.


The 22-year old Victorian has been grabbing all the headlines with the number of runs he has been stacking up at the First-Class level. He is coming into this series on the back of two double-centuries for his domestic team Victoria. He almost made his Australian debut last summer but was overlooked for an in-form Kurtis Patterson. His early career has also been challenged by multiple concussions from blows to the head and an unrelated mental health issue that he has to continue to manage. But now he is in the perfect headspace and is raring to put on the coveted baggy green cap.


He may be 29 now but he is the X-factor India needed in the T20I format. He first burst onto the scene in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and the world took notice of him in the recently concluded Indian T20 League. In a competition where most struggled to nail their yorkers, Natarajan for Hyderabad was an outlier in that aspect. He bowled the most yorkers in the competition and was head and shoulders ahead of the other bowlers. He has been impressive in the limited opportunities he has got and this series could be a life-changing experience for the left-arm fast bowler.




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