Former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh lauded Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj’s bowling performance on Day 4 of the ongoing second Test match. Courtney Walsh said that he was impressed with the Indian pacers’ bowling, stating that they showed control and swung the ball both ways.
Mohammed Siraj was unplayable with the second new ball and picked up his second five-wicket haul in red-ball cricket. The right-arm pacer ran through the West Indies’ batting lineup, restricting them to just 255 runs. The hosts managed to score 36 runs on Day 4, but lost five wickets.
Good To See Bending Their Back – Courtney Walsh
In a conversation with Jio Cinema, Courtney Walsh highlighted that the Indian bowlers got rewarded for their hard work in the match.
“I was impressed with the two seamers. The control that they showed, the swing that they got with the new ball, obviously, as a fast bowler, that is what you like to see. It was good to see bending their back and getting the rewards for it,” Walsh told JioCinema.
Siraj registered his career-best figures of 5/60 in 23.4 overs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday, July 23. He became the seventh Indian pacer to pick up a five-wicket haul against the West Indies in the longer format of the game.
He Put in The Work And Was Rewarded Well – Courtney Walsh
The legendary bowler highlighted that Mohammed Siraj demonstrated why he is the leader of the bowling attack. Walsh lauded Siraj’s approach, game plan, and the aggression he displayed on the field.
“Indians understand their roles well and accept the responsibility. He knows he is the leader of the pace attack. They had a debutant in the attack.
So he has put his hand up and said ‘listen, I am going to make sure I lead and the other bowlers follow’. Siraj took up the responsibility and he showed he is the leader of the pack in terms of the fast-bowling group. Not just because of the wickets he took, his whole approach, his game plan and the aggression he showed.
The gameplan he had for all the batters, right through the game I was following it. He put the work and was rewarded well,” he concluded.
The Rohit Sharma-led team aggressively approached their second innings. The visitors scored 181 runs for the loss of two wickets in just 24 overs. The hosts lost two wickets for 76 runs in the final innings at Stumps on Day 4 while chasing a target of 365 runs.