"Mohammed Siraj was always there for me in my first game" - Navdeep Saini

“Mohammed Siraj Was Always There For Me In My First Game” – Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini, Navdeep Saini, India
Navdeep Saini (Credits - Twitter)

Indian speedster Navdeep Saini has told that his bowling partner Mohammad Siraj had helped him a lot and provided invaluable advice during the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Both the youngsters play for the same IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore and also they have played together a lot of times for India A which in fact helped them to take care of each other’s bowling. Navdeep Saini who made his debut in the Sydney test was helped out by Mohammad Siraj during his nervous times.

He (Siraj) is one of my best mates. We have played a lot together (for India-A). We talk a lot about bowling. He was always there for me in the first game. Pace is important, but he was telling me to also focus on line and length to be effective,” Navdeep Saini said. “Siraj is a very different bowler. He showed a lot of courage by staying back after his father’s death. What he achieved was very crucial for the team; he showed his character”, he added.

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Navdeep Saini traps Will Pucovski LBW [Photo-Twitter]

Rohit and Rahane Supported Navdeep Saini A Lot

Navdeep Saini told the bouncy tracks can get any bowler easily carried away to bowl more short deliveries but Saini understood that bowling in the right areas will only help in test cricket. He also thanked his stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and vice-captain Rohit Sharma for their constant support during the series.

“It is easy to get excited in Australia with the bounce on offer. It is natural to think about bowling short balls the,n but Test cricket is not only about that, it is about patience and bowling in the same channel consistently”.Saini told “To be able to do well in Australia, you have to be mentally very strong, they don’t give up till the very end.

“The management was very supportive including the captain and Rohit bhaiya. They all told me to bowl the way I would bowl in Ranji Trophy,” he further added.

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Navdeep Saini celebrating a wicket with his teammates (Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Siraj Getting Rich Dividends For His Courage

Mohammad Siraj who stayed back on the tour to Australia to serve the country even when he got the news that he lost his father is one of the bravest decisions he would have taken in his career. His decision to stay indeed paid off as he was the leader of the pack after all the senior bowlers injured and he got his maiden five-wicket haul in his third test.

He finished the series as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets to his name. His fifer achievement in the final test was really crucial in India winning the series 2-1 and for the second time consecutively.

Anand Mahindra, Mohammed Siraj,Virender Sehwag, India, Australia
Mohammed Siraj [Image Credits: Twitter]