Mohammed Siraj Will Get Better If He Bowls Along With Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami: Sunil Gavaskar

Published - 08 Feb 2022, 08:22 PM

Mohammed Siraj, India
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credits: Twitter

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar appreciated Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj for his intensity and robustness to bowl throughout the innings.

West Indies lost the first ODI to India by six wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma, who was leading India in their 1000th ODI match, won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

West Indies opener Shai Hope hit two successive boundaries to Siraj in the third over before he was castled by the Indian pacer’s scrambled seam ball while playing away from the body.

Siraj just gave 26 runs and bowled two maiden overs from the eight overs he bowled in the first innings as West Indies were skittled down to 176.

Mohammed Siraj keeps on improving: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar said Siraj has been a whole-hearted bowler and thinks very carefully to execute his plans.

“He was very good. And he keeps on improving. He has always been a whole-hearted bowler. You see the first ball that he bowls and the last ball that he bowls at the end of the day, he is running in with the same energy.

“That is what every captain is looking for. Somebody who is going to give 100 per cent every single time,” he said.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: Twitter)

“You can see that…the first two boundaries that were hit of him were deliveries where he was trying to move away.

“He had two slips in position so the thinking was good…if the ball was bouncing a little more the catch would go to the second slip. Then he bowled the scrambled seam delivery and got the batsman out. He is a thinking bowler,” he added.

Mohammed Siraj is just going to get better and better: Sunil Gavaskar

India’s frontline seam bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the white-ball series against West Indies. Gavaskar believes if Siraj bowls under the guidance of Bumrah and Shami, he might enhance his performance.

The more he is going to bowl along with Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Shami, who are both not here… and both stand at mid-off and mid-on when he is bowling and all the time having a word with him,” Gavaskar said. 

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“That is such a plus for a young bowler to have two top bowlers talking to him just about every delivery. He is just going to get better and better,” he added. 

India will play the second ODI against West Indies on February 9 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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