Mohammed Siraj
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Last Update on: August 16th, 2023 at 02:43 pm

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev praised fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, emphasizing his great potential to become a successful bowler. However, Kapil Dev stated that Mohammed Siraj tends to get carried away at times and bowls an excessive number of short-pitched deliveries.

Mohammed Siraj emerged as India’s most impressive bowler in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. The 29-year-old attained the No. 1 ranking in the ODI bowler rankings earlier this year. He will be the third-choice pacer for India in the World Cup, following Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

Mohammed Siraj Has Got Great Potential – Kapil Dev

In an interview with Times of India, Kapil Dev advised Mohammed Siraj to execute his plans more consistently, considering his wicket-taking ability.

“I think he has got great potential. But I also feel he gets carried away with short-pitch deliveries. Yes, it is an important weapon for a fast bowler. When I saw India playing the WTC final, Siraj was bowling too many short-pitch deliveries whereas the Australian bowlers were pitching it up,” Kapil said.

“Siraj has so much ability. But he has to analyze and see how many short-pitch deliveries fetch him wickets. He has the wicket-taking ability, but he has to execute his plans better,” he added.

The Hyderabad-born cricketer represented the national team in 21 Tests, 24 ODIs, and eight T20Is. He picked up 59, 43, and 11 wickets, respectively, across the three formats of international cricket.

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It Ielps The Next Generation Of Players – Kapil Dev

The World Cup-winning captain criticized senior batters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for not playing in domestic cricket, stating that their presence would benefit the emerging cricketers.

“Domestic cricket is most important. How many domestic matches has Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma or any of the other top players played in recent times? I think the top players must play a decent amount of domestic matches so that it helps the next generation of players,” he further added.

Sanju Samson Has To Apply Himself More – Kapil Dev

The 64-year-old urged Sanju Samson to apply himself and deliver better performances, highlighting his underwhelming scores in the recently concluded West Indies tour.

“It’s not right to talk about Sanju Samson alone. We are talking about the Indian team. I think he is a great player and a wonderful talent. But he has to apply himself more,” he concluded.

Sanju Samson was not included in the first ODI against the West Indies. However, he played in all the remaining limited-overs matches on the tour, registering scores of 9, 51, 12, 7, and 13.

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