Following Team India’s record-breaking 317-run victory over Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram on January 15, Wasim Jaffer issued a strong comment regarding bowler Mohammed Siraj.
According to the former opener, Siraj compensates for Jasprit Bumrah’s unavailability when he bowls as well as he did in the third ODI. Siraj, who has been outstanding in recent months in white-ball cricket, recorded 4-32 on Sunday in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.
As the Lankans crumbled for 73 in 22 overs while attempting to reach a lofty score of 391, he got four of the first five wickets to fall. As Sri Lanka lost half of their team for 37 in just 10 overs, the in-form 28-year-old fast bowler claimed the lives of Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Nuwanidu Fernando, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
You Can Feel The Progress Mohammed Siraj Has Made As A White-ball Bowler: Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer informed ESPNcricinfo about the Hyderabad cricketer’s outstanding performance and praised it:
“You can feel the progress he has made as a white-ball bowler. His red-ball bowling is top notch, but the way he has improved in white-ball cricket in the last year or so is amazing. In a way, you don’t miss Bumrah when Siraj is bowling like that. When Bumrah is not being missed, you can understand how much value Siraj brings in.”
By taking nine wickets in three games at an average of 10.22 during the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the right-arm bowler finished as the series’ top wicket-taker.
Mohammed Siraj Makes The Ball Talk: Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer credited the fast bowler’s remarkable improvements in the white-ball forms to some real skill that is supported by his aggressiveness. The former opener said:
“Siraj has been magnificent. He’s very aggressive, always at the batsmen. When things are not happening, he is trying to make some inroads. Phenomenal, getting the batters out with the new ball is not easy. The way he makes the ball talk, swinging it both ways, pretty skillful stuff from Siraj.”
Farveez Maharoof, a former Sri Lankan all-rounder, was asked about Siraj’s emergence as a pacer in international cricket and described the cricketer’s wrist posture as his most outstanding quality. He clarified:
“When Siraj burst onto the scene few years back, he didn’t swing the ball the way he is doing at the moment. His wrist position is really good. The way he set up Hasaranga goes to show a bowler on top of his game and one who trusts his skills. He’s top-notch; he’s got the pace, bounce. Very impressed with his wrist position.”
Siraj has taken 46 wickets in 15 Tests, 33 in 19 ODIs, and 11 in 8 T20Is in addition to his 15 Test wickets.