Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has said that the delivery in which he knocked over veteran New Zealand batter Ross Taylor was a dream ball for any speedster.
Siraj who came in as a replacement for Ishant Sharma performed brilliantly in the Mumbai Test match. He bowled a sensational first spell and picked three big wickets for India dismantling New Zealand’s top order.
Before six overs New Zealand were reduced to 17 for 3 with Will Young, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor getting back to the dugout. Also, other New Zealand batters were unable to survive for very long and they were bowled out for 62.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj was asked about the delivery to Taylor, to which he replied by saying that the plan was to bowl an inswinger and the fielding was set for the same but he bowled an outswing delivery. He said:
“The plan was that we had set field for an inswing delivery and was aim to hit the pads but the way I was building my rhythm, I thought why not bowl an outswing. It was a dream delivery for any fast bowler.”
When I Resumed Training After Getting Injured, I Did A Lot Of Single Wicket Bowling – Mohammed Siraj
Speedster Siraj revealed that when he resumed training after getting injured he did a lot of single wicket bowling to improve his swing. He asserted:
“When I resumed training after getting injured, I did a lot of single wicket bowling with an aim to get as much swing as possible. That was my focus.As and when I would get chance in Test match, I had to consistently hit one area and that’s what helps me in building my rhythm.”
He added that his plan is always to hit consistently in one area to create problems for batters. He explained:
“I wanted to pitch it on stumps and hit one area consistently as it creates problems for batters. The batters start leaving deliveries if you start bowling outside the off-stump.”
Siraj also said that he knew that the track was spin-friendly and he would only get 3-4 overs so he decided to give it all in his first spell. He asserted:
“I knew I will get 3-4 overs of spell and wanted to bowl with full intensity.”
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