With Mohammed Siraj impressing in the ongoing Test series against Australia, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has lavished praise on him. The right-arm pacer made his debut in the Melbourne Test after Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the series following an injury. And Mohammed Siraj hit the ground running.
In his maiden Test, he picked up five wickets to help India win the Test and draw level in the series. In the process, he also became the first Indian bowler to take five wickets in his first Test in Australia. In the following Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he picked up two wickets. But more than his wicket tally, it is his fine line and length that has impressed everyone.
The Hyderabad star has impressed one and all with his control and ability to swing the ball both ways. And as Mohammed Siraj continues to impress Down Under, he has made a big impression on Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Tendulkar credited Mohammed Siraj for his fine display instead of giving credit to the pitch like the commentators did.
During the ongoing Test in Brisbane, the commentators said that the cracks on the pitch played a big part in Mohammed Siraj getting the ball to move. However, Tendulkar did not agree with the commentators’ assessment and explained his own obervation.
“When Mohammad Siraj was bowling, I heard a couple of guys say, ‘the ball hit the crack and nipped back’. Something which I observed was completely different. Siraj while bowling the outswinger, would get his fingers behind the ball, and release the ball. The seam is pointing towards first slip or sometimes towards second slip.
“And when he wanted to bowl the in-cutter that moves off the seam, then he would keep the shine on the off-side. He would then go cross-seam. That’s when the commentators also noticed that,” said Sachin Tendulkar.
“I don’t think the movement was off the crack, but it was Siraj’s talent, his ability to bowl those in-cutter,” he added.
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