Playing Tests Improved Line And Length, Says Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj
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Playing Tests Improved Line And Length, Says Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj recently explained how Test outings for India have helped him improve as a white-ball bowler for RCB. Admitting his confidence is sky-high after making his Test debut, Mohammed Siraj credited Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma for playing an integral role in his development.

The fast bowler has grown leaps and bounds since making his Test debut in Australia. He played a crucial role on Tuesday as the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Delhi Capitals by one run.

Mohammed Siraj and Virat Kohli consoled Rishabh Pant after his valiant fifty in Delhi Capitals' defeat to RCB on Tuesday (Courtesy of BCCI)
Mohammed Siraj and Virat Kohli consoled Rishabh Pant after his valiant fifty in Delhi Capitals’ defeat to RCB on Tuesday (Courtesy of BCCI)

Mohammed Siraj’s Confidence Is High And Playing Tests Improved His Line And Length As He Credits Ishant Sharma And Jasprit Bumrah For Success

After the conclusion of the match, Mohammed Siraj spoke to Harsha Bhogle, who asked him to shed some light on his improved performances in IPL 2021. Mohammed Siraj credited Ishant Sharma, the veteran Test bowler who playing his first match for DC in IPL 2021 against RCB returned with impressive figures of 1/26, for his success alongside Jasprit Bumrah who has taken 4 scalps for MI in IPL 2021.

“Obviously, my confidence is really high. Playing Test matches has helped my line and length. When I bowl with the new ball now, I try to bowl the Test-match line and length and that is giving me confidence. I always had that skill but got more experience by playing for India. Got to learn a lot from Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah after sharing the dressing room with them, and that helped my confidence,” Siraj explained.

Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishant Sharma (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@TN_Chronicle)
Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishant Sharma (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@TN_Chronicle)

Mohammed Siraj has been an excellent performer for RCB at the top this season and has impressed with his tight lines in the powerplay. He has managed to provide his side with an early breakthrough regularly and has been a rejuvenated man in IPL 2021.

He has taken 6 scalps in as many matches after taking 11 wickets in 9 outings last season. His economy rate of 7.26 in IPL 2021 is much better than in previous editions.

Criticized earlier for leaking too many runs at the death, Mohammed Siraj has performed his death-bowling duties admirably this year. He is the most economical pacer with more than five wickets in IPL 2021, and Virat Kohli has regularly used him at the end of the innings.

Mohammed Siraj Reflects On A Thrilling Last Over Against Delhi Capitals

Mohammed Siraj’s death-bowling exploits were on display again on Tuesday as he successfully defended 14 runs off the last over against the Delhi Capitals despite Rishabh Pant hitting 2 fours in the last 2 balls. The 27-year-old backed his yorker and executed it to perfection. Mohammed Siraj opened up about his state of mind before the start of the crucial over.

“I thought my yorkers were coming out well. So in a tough situation, I wanted to back something I could execute. I am confident about my yorker, so wanted to focus on executing that correctly. I had 14 runs to defend, and had the wide yorker too… Happy I was able to execute it well,” Mohammed Siraj said.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj celebrates a wicket for Royal Challengers Bangalore during the last IPL in UAE. Image Credit: Sportzpics for BCCI

The pressure on Mohammed Siraj increased after Kyle Jamieson missed his length in the 18th over. Every missed yorker was carted for a six by Shimron Hetmyer, and Harsha Bhogle asked Mohammed Siraj whether Kyle Jamieson’s struggles made him doubt the call to trust his yorker.

“If you are in a double mind, that happens sometimes [Jamieson missing his length and being hit for six]. But I only thought about executing my yorkers. Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer were set at the crease, and I was fine with it if I executed well and they hit a great shot off my bowling. My only focus was to execute my plans,” explained Siraj.

Mohammed Siraj’s last over heroics meant RCB moved to the top of the IPL 2021 standings with 10 points from six games. They will play the Punjab Kings in their next encounter on April 30.

Mohammed Siraj, the 26-year-old pacer signed off the recently concluded Australia 4 match Test series as the highest wicket-taker for his team India, claiming 13 wickets in 3 Tests, including one five-wicket haul. He picked 3 scalps against England too playing 2 Tests averaging 22.67.

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