Mohammed Siraj is not Looking too Far Ahead, Focus on India A-South Africa A Game

Published - 06 Aug 2018, 12:09 PM

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Speedster Mohammed Siraj has come all the long way. Ever since making an impressive stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2017, Siraj has been in and around the national selection radar especially in the shortest format.

However, he has not been able to replicate his form in the international circuit. Meanwhile, as the Indian players mourn their defeat at the hands of England in the opening Test, Mohammed Siraj who was in Bengaluru and recalled with very fond memories about his recent visit to the Old Blighty.

Siraj breached through the defence of former English skipper Alastair Cook during his stint in Worcester.

Alastair Cook is still the only English batsman to score more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Siraj was pretty satisfied to bag the wicket of Cook. He stated it would certainly lift his confidence in the future, as Cook is a class batsman.

Mohammed Siraj, India A
Mohammed Siraj.

“It was a great feeling to dismiss a batsman like Alastair Cook. He is a reputed international batsman, and it will certainly help my confidence when I get a chance to bowl against such classy batsmen in future. I am so happy to get his wicket,” Siraj said.

The Pacer was part of the Indian A team which is currently playing South Africa in an unofficial Test in Bangalore.

Siraj was positive about his future entry in the national side. However, he answered no when asked whether he feels he has done enough to give competition to the current bowlers of the national team.

Mohammed Siraj said he had kept his focus on India A match against the Proteas A side.

Mohammed Siraj currently focussed on India A match 

“I am now focussed on the India ‘A’ match against South Africa ‘A’. I want to chip in for the team in this match. It is not wise for me to think too far ahead and drift away from the present. If the selectors and team think tank feel that I have done something to merit a place in the national team, then they will call me up at the right time,” said Siraj, who took three wickets to derail the Proteas.

Mohammed Siraj, India A
Mohammed Siraj.

The speedster further revealed how he bowled against South Africa A.

“There was a bit of movement for me and help from the pitch in the initial part of the day. I just needed to keep the ball full and on the right areas. I thought their batsmen were not comfortable against the moving ball and I was able to exploit it,” he said.

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