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    Good match for him. Kept his discipline and bowled well


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    A Dream Test debut to remember for Siraj:
    15-4-40-2
    21.3-4-37-3

    His father will be proud from heaven.


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    A real workhorse. Highly disciplined performance from him and got his rewards. Hope Saini can emulate that.

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    He can reverse it both ways.

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    Someone who came through the ranks. No short cuts.

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    Looks a fine bowler from what I've seen of him.

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    He seems to be just ok bowler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahee View Post
    He seems to be just ok bowler
    Yea. Very mediocre. Mahesh Babu like

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    He needs to calm down with the reviews though. Got excited a couple of times, which is understandable as he is on debut, but going forward, he needs to be a bit careful in pushing for reviews.

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    Siraj getting emotional during Indian National Anthem.

    That's what you call Jazba, Josh & Junoon

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    X-factor guy, already got wicket of the big fish Warner.


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    Doesnít seem special to me like Bumrah or Shami.

    Bowls around 80-85 mph and doesnít have height to compensate a la Jamieson like Hasan Ali.
    Last edited by ManFan; 7th January 2021 at 06:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Doesnít seem special to me like Bumrah or Shami.

    Bowls around 80-85 mph and doesnít have height to compensate a la Jamieson like Hasan Ali.
    He has same height of bumrah. I donít understand why you say he cannot be effective at 1.8 metres of height. As a bowler you needs skills and a heart to execute thatís what matters. Bury that thought of shorter players canít do much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Doesnít seem special to me like Bumrah or Shami.

    Bowls around 80-85 mph and doesnít have height to compensate a la Jamieson like Hasan Ali.
    Suraj is taking crucial wickets which is more important.
    Will not worry about other factors.

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    Lucky charm boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution View Post
    Suraj is taking crucial wickets which is more important.
    Will not worry about other factors.
    Teams will take advantage of any defects in his bowling down the road.

    I donít see anything unusual that can keep him at a high level for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by globalcitizen View Post
    He has same height of bumrah. I donít understand why you say he cannot be effective at 1.8 metres of height. As a bowler you needs skills and a heart to execute thatís what matters. Bury that thought of shorter players canít do much.
    Only really great short fast bowlers have been Marshall, Steyn, Harris, and Bumrah.

    Itís far more likely that a tall bowler succeeds at the international level (especially Tests) than a shorter one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Only really great short fast bowlers have been Marshall, Steyn, Harris, and Bumrah.

    It’s far more likely that a tall bowler succeeds at the international level (especially Tests) than a shorter one.
    Waqar Younis wasn't tall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobashir View Post
    Waqar Younis wasn't tall
    True but he had reverse-swing. And when his pace declined, we saw his struggles.

    On the contrary, McGrath, had neither pace or reverse-swing like Waqar.

    But he got better with age since his height allows him to extract extra bounce with the odd seam-movement.

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    He doesnt look in the same calibre as bumrah,,shami or istant


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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    He doesnt look in the same calibre as bumrah,,shami or istant
    Boom is special and shami and ishant didn't become bowlers they are in their second test.

    Siraj's pace was low today. He has bowled faster in second inning of a ranji match. So its not a issue of endurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    He doesnt look in the same calibre as bumrah,,shami or istant
    Because he's not. Still a decent bowler though, good to have around for rotation purposes

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    I think he is better than Umesh and Saini and should be ahead of them in the reckoning.

    Hopefully, we will not have these many injuries in future. So, enough bench strength with Bumrah, Ashwin, Shami, Ishant, Siraj, Umesh and Jadeja.

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    Apparently some abuse directed at Siraj and Bumrah at the Sydney Test.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Apparently some abuse directed at Siraj and Bumrah at the Sydney Test.
    From Aussie crowd?

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    Siraj will end up an Indian great.

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    Sachin speaking on Youtube believes Siraj has the incutter in addition to the outswinger and that the one coming in wasn't something caused by cracks on the pitch as mentioned on air by commentators

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    Was bowling 130s and harmless stuff today

    Maybe leading the attack is getting too much to him.Its only his 3rd Test

    Hopefully has a good day tomorrow


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    Important for India that he bowls well tomorrow.

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    Most wickets by an Indian in a Test series while making his Test debut in Australia:-

    11* - Mohammed Siraj in 2020-21
    10 - Javagal Srinath in 1991-92
    8 - Dattu Phadkar in 1947-48
    8 - Syed Abid Ali in 1967-68


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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Kohli View Post
    Most wickets by an Indian in a Test series while making his Test debut in Australia:-

    11* - Mohammed Siraj in 2020-21
    10 - Javagal Srinath in 1991-92
    8 - Dattu Phadkar in 1947-48
    8 - Syed Abid Ali in 1967-68
    Is this really a significant stat? Iím pretty sure there arenít many Indian bowlers who made their Test debuts in Australia.

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    Bumrah and Siraj are two solid test prospects we have for next 7-8 years.

    Natarajan is good for LOIs.

    This should allow us to manage the workload of Shami, Ishant, Umesh and Bhuvi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Is this really a significant stat? I’m pretty sure there aren’t many Indian bowlers who made their Test debuts in Australia.
    True. He has taken 11 so far in 3 tests. Commendable considering the work load and lack of other support bowlers. He has a good attitude.

    I would still want him to add 5 KM more to his pace though!


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    If he can add 5 kph on average, he can be as good as Bumrah.

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    Fifer for Siraj.
    Only Indian bowler in this series to claim a Fifer.

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    Good support bowler in tests for Shami and Bumrah. Once Ishant hangs his boots or Umesh is not in form, he can be our 4th pacer.

    Shardul could be good in swing conditions but needs more control.


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    Comfortably better than all Pakistani bowlers right now, including Amir and Afridi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    Comfortably better than all Pakistani bowlers right now, including Amir and Afridi.
    Controversial but truth.

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    Well done Siraj.

    First of many 5fers to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    Controversial but truth.
    Nothing controversial about it bruv, current Amir is a nobody as far as test cricket is concerned. Afridi is a pretty close call though but Siraj is more accurate, penetrative and has better control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    Nothing controversial about it bruv, current Amir is a nobody as far as test cricket is concerned. Afridi is a pretty close call though but Siraj is more accurate, penetrative and has better control.
    Yeah but Amir and Afridi are more talented.
    Siraj is more polished because of the system and has done the hard yards in domestics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    Yeah but Amir and Afridi are more talented.
    Siraj is more polished because of the system and has done the hard yards in domestics.
    Talent without performances is as good as my dog's morning poop. Siraj is better than both of them which is a fact, couldn't care less about 'Talent'.

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    T20s:- Bumrah, Bhuvi, Natarajan
    ODIs:- Bumrah, Shami, Natarajan, Bhuvi
    Tests:- Bumrah, Ishant, Shami, Yadav, Siraj( home away balancing out among them)

    I would say all boxes are ticked as far as pace bowling is concerned. Ageing pace attack is no longer an issue.

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    Looks much better with the red ball compared to white ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Looks much better with the red ball compared to white ball.
    He was always a red ball player. IPL is just give him financial security.
    He started cricket late and has come up the ranks from a different pathway. He started playing red ball cricket at age of 21 and then was picked for Ranji, and then India A.
    Hand picked and groomed by Rahul Dravid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    Comfortably better than all Pakistani bowlers right now, including Amir and Afridi.
    Shaheen in the Indian setup will be a different beast.The guy is special


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    Loses father and unable to attend his funeral due to Covid restrictions

    Gets racially abused

    Suddenly thrust the responsibility of leading the attack in just his 3rd game

    Gets a 5fer


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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    He was always a red ball player. IPL is just give him financial security.
    He started cricket late and has come up the ranks from a different pathway. He started playing red ball cricket at age of 21 and then was picked for Ranji, and then India A.
    Hand picked and groomed by Rahul Dravid.
    I didnít know
    https://www.deccanherald.com/sports/...js-686194.html

    Dravid managing our India A , U-19 is actually a good thing clearly.. I was kinda skeptical though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    Shaheen in the Indian setup will be a different beast.The guy is special
    Sorry, not really into what ifs and what could have beens. Siraj is better, period.

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    All the best to this lad. Hope he keeps crushing it and not get injured along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    Loses father and unable to attend his funeral due to Covid restrictions

    Gets racially abused

    Suddenly thrust the responsibility of leading the attack in just his 3rd game

    Gets a 5fer
    And yet people also abuse Naseem Shah who has a remarkably similar story.

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    135 KMPH trundler. Will be slaughtered on unresponsive pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speed_thrills View Post
    135 KMPH trundler. Will be slaughtered on unresponsive pitches.
    No other country punishes foreign fast bowlers more than Australia. In India he will reverse swing tue ball and will be even more lethal.

    This is the toughest test that Siraj has passed spectacularly.

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    Big hearted bowler. Keeps running in, no dramatics of staring down batsmen, consistent though not high pace, and most importantly....a 5fer to show for his efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    Loses father and unable to attend his funeral due to Covid restrictions

    Gets racially abused

    Suddenly thrust the responsibility of leading the attack in just his 3rd game

    Gets a 5fer
    Champion bowler, true sherdil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Third_Umpire View Post
    Big hearted bowler. Keeps running in, no dramatics of staring down batsmen, consistent though not high pace, and most importantly....a 5fer to show for his efforts.
    I agree. Pace without intelligence is a load of ***. Siraj, Shardul, Natrajan are not pace demons, they are intelligent students of the game and skillful enough to know how to execute a plan despite having a combined experience of like 3 tests. Mighty impressive how they restricted Aus batting on their strongest fortress with little to no experience. I can gladly say that our fast bowling is in safe hands for another decade at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speed_thrills View Post
    135 KMPH trundler. Will be slaughtered on unresponsive pitches.
    like where?


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    Well bowled today. He could have had 6 wickets had he held on to the catch of Green. I like his attitude. By being in the company of Shami, Ishant and Bumrah, I am sure he will improve his bowling skills. All the best, young man.

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    From the bylanes of Toli Chowki in Hyderabad where riding a two-wheeler requires the best of skills, Mohammed Siraj has come a long way to the fast lane of international pace bowling.

    The leap of joy when he claimed his first Test wicket – that of Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne in the second game of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Melbourne – is perhaps symbolic of his success against the odds. By the third Test in Sydney, Siraj was the spearhead of the pace attack as India was hurt badly by injuries to its first-choice bowlers, and the other two pacers in the team, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur, had even less experience – a role the spirited Hyderabad fast bowler would never have imagined.

    His is yet another story of triumph over adversity in Indian sports: Siraj, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, making it to the highest level as a cricketer after first making a mark in the Hyderabad Cricket Association league cricket championship.

    First spotted by former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy pacer P. Jyothi Prasad, Siraj impressed many with his fighting spirit and an intense desire to do well in trying circumstances. These qualities were well and truly reflected when his father, Mohammed Ghaus, passed away right before India’s tour Down Under began.

    “My dad always used to say: ‘Mera beta, desh ka naam roshan karna (My son, make your country proud),’” Siraj told Sportstar after the tragedy. “And I will for sure. The last time I spoke to him was before I left for Australia, and I know the hardships my dad faced in letting me pursue my passion for cricket.”

    For someone who had just lost the “biggest support of his life,” Siraj never gave the impression that he was on debut in Melbourne and impressed one and all with his performance. “Yes, it would have been great if my dad were alive to see me in action in my Test debut,” said the pacer. “But that is destiny.”

    Indian bowlers with 5-wicket hauls at the Gabba

    Erapalli Prasanna - 6/104 in 1968

    Bishan Singh Bedi - 5/57 in 1977

    Madan Lal - 5/72 in 1977

    Zaheer Khan - 5/95 in 2003

    Mohammed Siraj - 5/73 in 2021

    A late entrant in the Hyderabad Ranji Trophy team, Siraj has always played the game with a lot of passion and harboured big dreams. The urge to keep improving is what separates him from the many other challengers for a spot in the Indian national team.

    Siraj also makes it a point to remember the immense contribution of India bowling coach Bharat Arun, who was the Hyderabad Ranji coach in 2016-17 when the fast bowler made giant strides. Under Arun’s guidance, Siraj emerged as the leading wicket-taker for the side that season with 41 scalps, followed closely by fellow pacers Ravi Kiran and Chama Milind.

    Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) signed Siraj for a whopping ₹2.6 crore for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and he obviously benefited under the guidance of fellow Hyderabadi V. V. S. Laxman, who was the mentor for SRH, and other big names in the team.

    In addition, the appointment of M. S. K. Prasad, a former Andhra Pradesh Ranji Trophy captain, as chief selector of the Indian national team couldn’t have come at a better time for the fast bowler. This was also a phase when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organised innumerable India A tours, which provided the perfect platform for the likes of Siraj to showcase his skills.

    Prasad, on his part, has always had high praise for the Hyderabad pacer. “For someone who combined speed and the desire to have variety in his bowling, Siraj has always been on the radar given his consistent performances for the India A side,” he said. “Honestly, I am not surprised by the way he took up the challenge of representing the country in such demanding conditions in Australia.”

    Having made his T20 International debut in November 2017, Siraj played his last game in the format in March 2018. But thanks to a stint with the India A side in the West Indies in 2019 where he was among the wickets and grateful to coach Paras Mhambrey, the 26-year-old was confident of a successful season ahead.

    Significantly, Siraj thrives on competition, and the greater the number of contenders, the more it should spur him on to perform better. And the way the Hyderabadi brushed aside racial abuse during the Sydney Test clearly shows this fast bowler is ready for bigger challenges. Now, all he is aiming for is consistency at the highest level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    Sorry, not really into what ifs and what could have beens. Siraj is better, period.
    In test cricket, sure. Even though he’s only played 3 test matches you can have that.

    But in other formats there’s no competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    In test cricket, sure. Even though he’s only played 3 test matches you can have that.

    But in other formats there’s no competition.
    Talking about test cricket only.

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    Mohammed Siraj Goes To Father's Grave Immediately After Landing In Hyderabad

    India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj went to his father's grave first thing after landing in Hyderabad, his home town, as he returned from India's tour of Australia. Siraj had lost his father in November 2020 while he was with the team Down Under. He was given the option of returning home but the pacer chose to stay back with the team for the series. "I went to father's graveyard straight after landing in Hyderabad. I was very emotional," Siraj told reporters on Thursday evening. Siraj made his Test debut in the second Test in Melbourne and finished the Border-Gavaskar series with 13 wickets - the most by any Indian bowler.

    Later, Siraj was seen spending time with his niece in the balcony of his home as he was reunited with his family after a long break of five months.

    Before the Australia tour, Siraj was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.

    Siraj's father, Mohammed Ghouse, aspired to watch Siraj play for India and the fast bowler revealed on several occasions during the series that he stayed back in Australia to fulfil his father's dream.

    Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the fourth Test in Brisbane and said his focus was on fulfilling his father's wish.

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    "I am thankful that I was able to pick five wickets as it was a very tough situation for me after my dad passed away. But after talking to my mom at home, I gained some confidence. The call with my mom made me mentally strong. My focus was to fulfil my dad's wish," said Siraj after the fourth day's play in Brisbane.

    "I want to thank God that I got the chance to play for India as it was my dad's wish too. If he was alive today, he would have been very happy. But I know his blessings were with me and I am speechless after my performance," Siraj had said.

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    He has made his father proud. Every cricket fan wishes him well.

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    Despite the easy money in IPL, Siraj's ultimate aim was to play for his country and make it good.

    Nobody would have criticised him if he had left the tour to attend to his fathers last rites. But he stayed on to serve his country. These are the sort of cricketers who make it following a team worthwhile. And the importance these players give to the Indian cap is what makes the team world beaters.

    Hats off.

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    India head coach Ravi Shastri on Friday described rookie pacer Mohammed Siraj as the find of the Australia tour, hailing him for playing a key role in the historic Test series win despite personal loss and racial abuse from spectators Down Under.

    Siraj could not return to India after his father, who was an auto driver, died barely a week after he landed in Australia with the Indian team in November last year. He also faced racial abuse from a section of the crowd in Sydney during the third Test.

    Despite all this, Siraj finished the series with 13 wickets -- the most by any Indian bowler -- as the team came from behind to script a memorable 2-1 win.

    "Find of the tour for shoring up the bowling attack the way he did - Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial remarks and channelised them to find home in the team huddle," Shastri tweeted in appreciation of the 26-year-old pacer.

    Siraj turned out to be one of the architects of India's success and successfully stepped into the shoes of his senior pace colleagues after making his debut in the series-turning second Test in Melbourne.

    In the fourth Test in Brisbane, Siraj led a young Indian bowling attack, picking up his maiden five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game.

    He returned with match figures of seven for 150 as India beat Australia by three wickets in the series-deciding Test at the Gabba.

    On Thursday, Siraj revealed that on-field umpires had offered his team the option of leaving the third Test against Australia midway after he was subjected to racial abuse by the crowd in Sydney, a proposal that was turned down by skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

    After his arrival in the country, the youngster had driven straight to his father's grave in Hyderabad to pay his respects. He had dedicated each of his wickets in Australia to the departed soul.

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    He defn showed a lot of character, plus first Aus tour being a reserve and he was hungry.

    Irrespective how his career turns out, achieved great memories in our minds.

    We need to find such bowlers and nurture them, he has spoken about Bharat Arun as being like a farishta in his life.. hopefully we have other coaches like that as well doing their job.

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    What a character!! Looks like a dedicated bowler. This tour will give him a lot of confidence. Shami now has a backup. Ishanth and Bumrah are certainties as they are unique. Siraj is similar to Shami in style

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    IPL 2021: RCB Pacer Mohammed Siraj Dreams of Becoming India's Highest Wicket-Taker

    Mohammed Siraj will next be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 which gets underway from Friday in Chennai

    Chennai: Mohammed Siraj has had a surreal start to his Test career in Australia last year when right after making his India debut, thanks to fitness issues to senior teammates, he found himself leading the pace bowling department. While he has made quite an impression in red-ball cricket, Siraj is aiming to become a regular across formats.

    Siraj will next be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 which gets underway from Friday in Chennai. “I want to play all three formats for India. Whatever opportunities I get, I want to give my 100 per cent and grab them with both hands. There is a series against England after the IPL, I will give my best,” Siraj said in a video shared by his IPL franchise RCB on Twitter.

    He played an important role in India the four-match Test series in Australia and has been learning from the likes of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. “Jasprit Bumrah used to stand beside me whenever I was bowling. He told me to stick to the basics and not do something extra. It’s nice to learn from such an experienced player,” Siraj said.

    “I even played with Ishant Sharma, he has played 100 Tests. It felt good to share the dressing room with him. My dream is to be the highest wicket-taker for India and I will work hard whenever I get an opportunity,” he added.

    So far, the 27-year-old has taken 39 wickets in 35 IPL matches and he admits that his confidence was quite low last season when he linked up with the squad. “Last year, when I joined RCB, I was low on confidence. But when I started bowling with the new ball, I was also bowling on a single wicket, which helped me a lot,” he said.

    H continued, “And then the performance against KKR gave me a lot of confidence. The team culture here is so nice that everyone used to get together and discuss stuff like Virat (Kohli) does.”

    He has had positive interactions with RCB batting consultant Sanjay Bangar who has praised his aggression and confidence. “I was talking to Sanjay sir. He told me that my rhythm is good. I am meeting you after so long but you are putting in the same effort that you used to put for the Indian team. Your rhythm, aggression and confidence … it is all looking nice, so continue that,” he said.

    During the Australia tour, while he was undergoing quarantine, Siraj got the news of his father passing away and despite that, he decided to stick with the Test squad. “During Australia tour, I was in quarantine and when we came back from practice, I got to know my father passed away. Unfortunately, no one could come to my room,” Siraj said.

    “I called home and my fiance, mother were very supportive and they told me that I need to fulfill my father’s dream of seeing me play for India,” he added.

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