Siraj took 4 wickets while bowling dangerously, while he took 9 wickets in the series. He took 4 wickets for 32 runs, which was the best performance of his career. After this, he has also been compared to Jasprit Bumrah, because in the absence of Yorker King, this promising bowler did not let his performance deter him. About this he says- My plan was to take maximum wickets with the new ball and bring the opposition under pressure. I was also successful in my goal. With this type of fielding, even if some boundaries are hit, then what if you get wickets.
Siraj’s plan seems to be working well as he scalped 15 wickets in the Powerplay in ODIs last year, the most. For this he credits the wobble-seam delivery which he has managed to develop. Regarding this, he said – With the wobble seam neither I know nor the batsmen know how much the ball moves. Sometimes the ball comes in, sometimes it goes outside. I take a lot of wickets with the wobble seam. I have more faith in this swinging ball.
The fast bowler from Hyderabad made his T20 debut for India in 2017 and two years later made his ODI debut and was included in the Test the very next year. He said- I had inswinged first, but then I lost it. So I developed the outswinger. Since I could no longer bowl inswing, I developed a wobble-seam delivery. It took me a long time to become effective. Now this ball is doing its job.
Siraj said- The seam position I use is for a natural outswinger. When I use this seam, the position of the ball tilts towards fine leg. While doing this ball, I apply a lot of force to hit the deck, because it is more effective. Siraj proved himself every time he got a chance in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Now this secret ball of his is being considered as his biggest weapon.
Siraj played a key role in guiding India to a record 317-run victory with the new ball in Thiruvananthapuram. Siraj dismissed Kusal Mendis with this ball. He had also spoken about this to Dale Steyn, who is one of South Africa’s greatest bowlers. Siraj will now take the lead against New Zealand in Hyderabad, which will be the first ODI of the series. It is also their home ground.
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