Former Indian Cricketer Irfan Pathan heaped a praise on Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj stating him as the difference maker in the team. Siraj is the second-highest wicket-taker in the league with 12 wickets from 6 games at an economy of 6.70.
The 29-year-old has been a standout performer for the inconsistent Royal Challengers Bangalore side in IPL 2023, the Indian speedster has been leading the pace department in both home and away games with other RCB bowlers going for runs in this edition.
Coming off after a good win against the Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Rajasthan Royals in a “Royal” battle in the famous Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Speaking on Star Sports, Irfan Pathan lauded Siraj as an excellent bowler for RCB and said he has been doing a massive difference for the team in the powerplay.
“Mohammed Siraj has bowled excellently in the power-play this season for RCB. He’s really making a difference for them. There is a big and positive difference in his bowling compared to last year. That is why his responsibility has increased being the premier seamer in the team,” Irfan Pathan said.
Mohammed Siraj has been impressive against the Punjab Kings producing a match-winning performance by snaring 4 wickets and giving just 21 runs in his four overs. The speedster has been producing some match-winning performances for RCB in the ongoing season.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Adam Griffith hailed Mohammed Siraj as the leader of the pace attack, recalling the memories of a high-scoring Chennai Super Kings game where Siraj went for only 30 runs picking up the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad and said that Hyderabad-born cricketer sets the tone for the RCB in the new ball.
“He’s one of the best in the world at the moment. Even in the last game when 444 runs were hit, he went for 30. So it’s not just (in this game), he’s been bowling well for the whole tournament and even before that. He’s our leader, he’s the guy that sets the tone for us with the new ball and it is no coincidence that our Power Plays have been so good with the ball so far this tournament,” Adam Griffith said.
Siraj has been a fantastic revelation for RCB in the bowling, with Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, and Wanindu Hasaranga unable are execute their plans under pressure for their side so far in the league and will look to continue his form in the forthcoming games.
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