Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim felt that Mohammed Siraj was more of a contender for the man of the match award at Lord’s while KL Rahul deserved for his century in tough conditions. Both the players were instrumental in taking India to a historic win at the Lord’s and they deserve a lot of credit for their performances.

KL Rahul was brilliant on day one scoring a scintillating knock of 129 that ensured India was in the driver’s seat. On the other hand, Mohammad Siraj picked up a four-wicket haul in the first innings and followed it up with another four-wicket haul in the second innings to wrap up the Test at Lord’s.

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Saba Karim Explains The Importance Of Kl Rahul’s Knock

Saba Karim mentioned that Siraj was close in the race for the man of the match award while stating KL Rahul’s innings was a high caliber one. He revealed the tough overcast conditions when India had been put into bat on Day one of the Test and added that Rahul’s inning provided the perfect platform for the Indian team to thrive on.

He [Siraj] was definitely a contender but KL Rahul’s knock was outstanding. India had to bat first in overcast conditions, there he had a partnership with Rohit Sharma, although he played a slow knock. As soon as Rohit Sharma got out, he accelerated after that and gave the platform to the Indian team in the first innings,” Saba Karim told India News

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)

Saba Karim Feels The Wicket Suited The Bowlers More

Saba Karim mentioned that India’s winning chances rise up when they score 350 or more in the first innings and it was evident in the Lord’s Test as well. KL Rahul’s century was one of the reasons for it and Karim added that the wicket suited more for the bowlers as only Rahul and Root were the centurions from the match.

“We have discussed many times that whenever India scores more than 350 in the first innings, their chances of winning will increase. KL Rahul had a huge role in that. It was a wicket where other players struggled, only KL Rahul and Joe Root scored centuries, I feel because of that only KL Rahul was given the Man of the Match,” He added

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

India won the Lord’s Test by 151 runs in the end and have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.

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