The first 2 Test matches involving England and India were highlighted by Mohammad Siraj’s rapid ascent as a fast bowler. The right-arm bowler was just brilliant in the 2nd Test match at Lord’s, scooping up 8 wickets and ensuring India’s dramatic victory. Here is Virat Kohli Lauds Mohammed Siraj.
Virat Kohli Lauds Mohammed Siraj
Most observers were taken aback by his meteoric ascension in the red-ball format. Indian captain Virat Kohli, on the other hand, feels Siraj’s performance in Test cricket in such a short period of time is owing to his fearlessness.
Siraj has 11 wickets in 2 Tests as of now, and he’s got along swimmingly with the other 3 fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah. Kohli has relied on Siraj for wickets on several occasions, and he has never failed him down.
Mohammad Siraj is a guy who has always had the skill: Kohli
Kohli claimed the 2020-21 series versus Australia helped Siraj develop the confidence to complete very well against strong teams, speaking at a pre-match virtual news conference before the 3rd Test at Headingley.
“I was not surprised at all (with his growth) because I have seen him from close quarters. He is a guy who has always had the skill. You need the confidence to back that skill, the Australia series provided him with that boost and confidence,” Kohli said.
Siraj’s personality in his ability to take wickets at any point, according to Kohli, has turned him a deadly bowler. “He is walking around knowing he can get anyone out at any stage and the belief in his game has been elevated to another level, hence you see results of what he is doing,” the captain added.
Siraj has added consistency to the Indian pace assault with his ability to shift the ball either ways and at a decent pace. In addition, his flawless command of the line and lengths has caused opposing hitters fits. Kohli ended by stating that the pacer’s self-assurance causes him to be expressive.
“I am really happy to see him coming into his own, he is going to be this kind of bowler, who is in your face and who is looking to get guys out and who is not scared, he is not going to take a backward step,” Kohli said.