Mohammed Siraj should take great heart in knowing that he has been the lungs of the bowling attack of the Indian Cricket Team in the past few series.
In the concluding game of the 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Mohammed Siraj took a four-for and led the bowling attack from the front yet again.
The conclusion of the series saw a 3-0 clean sweep by India over their visitors. But an exciting news came knocking at the Men in Blue’s door was that Virat Kohli is regaining his form.
India’s talismanic batsman- Kohli- scored a super century. It helped the team set a mammoth total for their neighbors to chase. Although, no one expected Sri Lanka to chase down a total of 390 against the opponent’s of such caliber.
But at the same time, none saw such a poor batting display. As the Lankans crumbled into pieces, owing to such lethal display from the Indian bowlers led by Mohammed Siraj. It is safe to say that, with the ODI World Cup fast approaching BCCI may have found solution to the woes of the bowling department in Siraj.
Gautam Gambhir: “Mohammed Siraj was on par with Virat Kohli…”
Virat Kohli received the Man of the series award against Sri Lanka. He scored a total of 283 runs in 3 games, including 2 centuries. With an average of 94, there was no doubt that Kohli was the best batsman of India vs Sri Lanka series.
But, ex-India Player turned politician Gautam Gambhir– acknowledging Kohli’s accolades- said that Mohammed Siraj was on the same level with his contributions to the side throughout the series.
“For me, I think he was on par with Virat Kohli. There should have been a joint Man of the Series because he was exceptional and these were beautiful batting wickets. I know we are always tempted towards batters getting big hundreds but I think Mohammed Siraj was absolutely exceptional too in this entire series.” Gautam Gambhir said in discussion on StarSports.
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After all, Gambhir might have a point. Siraj finished the series bang on the money with 9 wickets in his bag, including a 4-for in the last match. With an average of 10, he was way economical and the leading wicket-taker of the series.
“I think the hallmark is, he will get many more five-fors, it’s not about that he didn’t get it today but how good was he, especially with the new ball. In every game, he was able to set the tone.” Gambhir added.