Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has heaped praise on Indian bowler Mohammad Siraj for putting in a relentless bowling effort against England on a flat Day 3 pitch at Lord’s. Siraj picked up four crucial wickets and bowled 30 overs in total.
After picking up two wickets in two balls in the final session on Day 2, Siraj provided the first breakthrough of Day 3 when he sent a well-set Jonny Bairstow back with a bumper. The dismissal brought India back into the game, and Gavaskar was very impressed with the Hyderabadi pacer.
“The thing with batsmen is that, while they are facing fast bowlers, they keenly follow the body language of the bowlers. When they feel that the bowlers are a little tired, the batsman feels he can score runs maybe after a couple of balls.”
“But with Siraj, it did not happen. Till the end, he looked like picking a wicket every ball. And with that, he did not allow England batsmen to rest,” the 72-year-old Gavaskar, who is commentating in the match, stated on Sony Sports Network.
Ashish Nehra reciprocated Sunil Gavaskar’s statements
Talking on the same show, Ashish Nehra was of the same opinion. Mohammad Siraj, who seems to be the fittest pacer among the pack right now, was bursting with energy throughout his spells and deservedly picked up four wickets, as per Nehra.
“It was brilliant bowling. He put his all into it. As a bowler, he did everything – picked up wickets and bowled long spells. From the first ball till the last, there is no shortage of energy in his run-up.”
“With bowlers, you can figure when someone is in rhythm and that produces results. Right now, he has the figures and the performance,” Nehra reckoned on Siraj’s efforts.
Mohammad Shami dismissed James Anderson off the last delivery of Day 3, which meant Siraj couldn’t get his name on the Lord’s honors board with a five-wicket haul. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old will be happy with his contribution.