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ENG vs IND 2021: “In My Opinion, Player Of The Match Is Mohammed Siraj” – Aakash Chopra

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has picked Mohammed Siraj as his player of the match for the second Test against England at Lord's

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Team India created history at Lord’s by defeating might England at Home of cricket Lord’s cricket ground. The match was a nail-biting, intense and thrilling encounter between the teams. Every player contributed their hundred percent in the match. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has named Mohammed Siraj as his Player of the Match in the second Test at Lord’s against England.

Notably, Mohammed Siraj had a sensational outing in the second Test against England at Lord’s. He went to bag a 4 wicket haul in both innings. Also, he picked two back-to-back wickets for India in the first as well as second innings.

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The cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra, in his latest YouTube video named Mohammed Siraj as his Player of the Match ahead of KL Rahul. He stated:

KL Rahul got the Man of the Match award but I have picked Mohammed Siraj. I know centuries are important, they protect you, but bowlers win you the match because you need to take twenty wickets. So in my opinion, the Player of the Match is Mohammed Siraj.”

The 43-year-old lauded Mohammed Siraj for putting everything on the line to help his team earning the victory. Chopra asserted:

This bowler is making things happen. He has got this happy knack of picking wickets. He is putting his heart and soul into it. Whenever he comes running in, it seems the lad will take wickets. It was just his 7th Test but it seemed like he has been playing for 70 Tests.”

Aakash Chopra Lauded Mohammed Siraj For Showing Confidence And Belief

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Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj has only played 7 Tests for India and has already achieved big milestones. He has already bagged a 5-wicket haul at Gabba against Australia and a 4-wicket haul at Lord’s against England.

Aakash Chopra praised Mohammed Siraj for showing confidence in the tough stages of the game. He said:

The confidence and belief with which he is playing is a fascinating story. Four wickets in the first innings which also included two wickets in two balls. Then again two wickets in two balls in the second innings handed a king pair to Sam Curran. Moeen Ali was looking good and was troubling India, he got him out as well.

Aakash Chopra pinpointed that Siraj took very crucial wickets for India in both the innings of Lord’s Test. Notably, Siraj was the one who dismissed Jos Buttler who stood like a wall in the second innings. Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra elaborated:

“Haseeb Hameed in the first innings. He is just creating opportunities, when it seemed Jonny Bairstow had got set, he came round the stumps to bowl a bouncer and got him out. When Jos Buttler seemed set in the second innings, he got the outside edge to get him out. Four wickets in the first innings, four in the second, eight wickets in all.”

In the end, India emerged victorious at Lord’s by defeating might England at their home by 151 runs.