Mohammed Siraj feels that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are held in good stead going into the second half of the IPL 2021, which starts on September 19 after being shifted out of India to the UAE due to the covid-19 concerns.
His belief is underpinned by the excellent form of the three key batsmen – Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. While Kohli and de Villiers, who scored 198 and 207 runs in the first half of the tournament respectively, have always been RCB’s strength, it is the overdependence on them that has hurt them in the past.
However, the introduction of Maxwell this year, at number 4, has been a revelation for them. The Australian who had a poor last season with Punjab has scored 223 runs at a strike rate of 144.
It felt nice to join the team after quarantine: Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj, who travelled with Kohli on a charter flight from Manchester, was excited to join his teammates in the training camp after both the Indian players had served their 6-day quarantine.
“It felt nice to join the team after quarantine. It is a very nice environment. All our batsmen look in form. It is a good thing for the team that Virat Bhai, Maxwell and AB de Villiers are looking in good form,” Mohammed Siraj said in a video posted on the official YouTube channel of RCB.
The pacer himself was brilliant in the first half of the season, bagging 6 wickets at an impressive economy of 7.34. He has, though, missed the cut from India’s T20 World Cup squad.
The Royal Challengers sit at the third position in the points table, having won 5 out of 7 matches in the India leg of the season, which was halted abruptly due to a covid-19 outbreak in franchises.
The Virat Kohli-led side will take on Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20 in Abu Dhabi to resume their season as they chase their maiden IPL title.
RCB have made a few changes to their squad: Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton and Akash Deep are roped in as replacements for Finn Allen, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson and Washington Sundar.