Mohammed Siraj, Indian pacer had worked on his bowling during the lockdown imposed for COVID-19 pandemic and practiced by aiming at a single stump instead of 3 stumps to improve his accuracy ahead of the IPL and Test series against Australia.
Mohammed Siraj Practiced By Bowling At A Single Stump During Lockdown
Mohammed Siraj revealed he practiced by bowling at a single stump during the lockdown to improve his line, length, and accuracy. He sweated it out during the lockdown and reaped rewards of his hard work in the IPL 2020 followed by the Australia Tests.
In his debut Test series, he led the Indian pace attack in the absence of seniors like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah who were in injured at different junctures of Test series and repaid the faith shown in him by the team management. He even spearheaded pace attack in 4th Test in which India played without any frontline bowler.
“I knew this was going to be a crucial season for me as I had not done that well in the IPL last year. Hence, during the lockdown, I worked harder on my bowling. I did a lot of practice by bowling at a single stump,” Mohammed Siraj was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Playing his maiden Test series for the visitors in Australia, Mohammed Siraj finished as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 scalps to his name from three Test matches. He played an instrumental role in helping India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by clinching the 4 match Test series 2-1.
Mohammed Siraj Thanked RCB Skipper Virat Kohli For Telling Him To Bowl Consistent Line And Length
Mohammed Siraj, who had become the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in a spell in IPL during last season, also credited India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli, for continuously guiding and supporting him in his journey. He picked 11 wickets in 9 IPL games in IPL 2020 averaging 21.45 for RCB.
“Virat bhai told me that I had it within me to do well. He kept telling me to bowl a consistent line and length. I just tried doing it. Earlier, I had put a lot of pressure on myself but this season, I learnt to relax and let the ball do the work,” Mohammed Siraj stated.
Mohammed Siraj had lost his father ahead of the Test series against Australia but decided against going back home and help his teammates in Australia. He made his Test debut in the second encounter in Melbourne and there was no looking back from there as the right-arm pacer made an impact in his debut series.