Last Update on: October 2nd, 2023 at 05:44 pm
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir opened up about which Indian pacer has impressed him ahead of the ICC World Cup. He said that he rates Mohammed Siraj highly as he has progressed and performed magnificently well in the recent past.
Mohammed Siraj’s rise in cricket is exceptional. From being touted as a worst pacer to the best pacer, the story has been staggering. The fast bowler has dismantled the batting lineups of many teams and has put his team in the top position.
Mohammed Siraj is currently the No.1 ranked ODI bowler and with the way he has performed with both new as well as the old ball is something that has been for everyone to cherish. The speedster had a magnificent outing in the final of the Asia Cup 2023, where he picked 6 wickets and helped his side bundle out Sri Lanka for 50 runs.
Mohammad Amir believes that Mohammed Siraj is improving by leaps and bounds. The former Pakistan pacer lauded RCB for his role development. Speaking to the Times of India, he explained:
“Mohammed Siraj. I am really impressed with him. No one took him seriously or rated him highly when he stepped into white-ball cricket. The way he has progressed and performed in white ball cricket is just amazing and added that hus national team supported him well outstanding. He is improving by leaps and bounds. He is a captain’s man. He is phenomenal with both the red and white ball.
“I would give credit to RCB. They have played a big role in his development. Virat Kohli has played a big role in his career. In fact, Siraj has said this many times that Virat supports him a lot. The more you play, the better you becom Siraj didnt take any rest and played a lot of games. That’s a good sign. India did a very good thing that they didn’t write off Siraj. India supported him in every situation. Siraj gained a lot of confidence from that support.”
Mohammad Amir Says Mohammed Siraj is on par with Mohammad Shami; Says India Bowlers are right on the money
Mohammad Amir while lauding Mohammed Siraj highlighted that India have balanced pacers who are chipping in. He also talked about the importance of workload management. He added:
“India continued to play him in every format. In Tests, he is at par with Shami and taking India’s pace attack to another level. He is doing well for India in all formats. India were totally dependent and stuck on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the last 3-4 years. But now their boys and new bowlers have started chipping in, which is a brilliant sign for the team.
“Jasprit Bumrah is back in the fray. Your take on his workload management and the overall concept. I support workload management a lot. Because it happened to me as well. When I took retirement from Tests after the 2019 World Cup, workload was the main reason. When I returned to cricket in 2016, I played consistent cricket for 4 years. My body had a lot of niggles. My performances went down, I couldnt generate good pace, I started picking up injuries and r career was affected a lot. Workload management, especially for the fast bowlers, is very very important. Nowadays, cricket is being played for 10 out of 12 months every year.”
If India have to win the ICC World Cup 2023, Mohammed Siraj will have to play a big role. The pacer will be vital for the team’s chances in the ICC World Cup 2023. India will open their campaign against Australia on 8th October.