Mohammed Siraj is just seven Tests old but he has already established himself as one of the premier Indian pace bowlers.
After an impressive season with Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Siraj came in the sight of selectors.
On getting the opportunity he played a key role in India’s historic win over Australia.
He continued his befitting performance to have another fruitful IPL season with the Kohli-led side. Though the season was brought to a standstill this year due to several players getting infected with Coronavirus.
For the first time, Siraj was named for India’s tour of Australia last year, and had the senior players not been injured, he might have not even got a chance to make his international debut. However, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands and soon became leader of the young Indian pace attack in the absence of senior bowlers. As India defeated the host Australia and claimed the series 2-1, Siraj made a memorable debut and ended up as India’s top wicket-taker with 13 wickets in 3 matches.
In the recent Ind vs Eng Test at Lords, Mohammed Siraj was one of the key bowlers for India as the visitors staged a memorable victory over England by 151 runs in the 2nd Test at Lord’s. He bagged an eight-wicket haul in the match to send England on backfoot.
Speaking to Siasat.com, Laxman said that Siraj is a skillful bowler who has the ability to swing the ball deceptively. Laxman also praised Siraj for having tremendous stamina through which the pacer can bowl with just as much venom as he does in his first two spells.
“This ability to maintain his speed, bounce, and movement over a long period is what makes Siraj such an effective and dangerous bowler. There is no time for the batsmen to relax. Siraj just keeps coming back again and again and he keeps hammering away at the batsmen. That is why he picks up wickets even in his third spell. It is an important quality for any fast bowler to possess,” Laxman added.
The cricket fraternity was full of praise for Siraj – who has been one of the most consistent pacers for India ever since he made his debut in the series against Australia.
His record of 16 wickets at 28.25 is impressive and what makes him special is the fact that he doesn’t have to rely on favorable pitches to make an impact.
From being selected as the sixth choice Indian pacer for the australian tour to leading the pace attack of the national team in Australia, his meteoric rise — from tennis ball cricket less than nine years ago — still feels like a dream.