IND vs ENG 2022 | Lost my outswing after IPL, reveals Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj picked four wickets in England's first innigs of one-off Test|
Mohammed Siraj has admitted to his recent struggles of being unable to bowl the outswinger, stating the issue came up following a gruesome IPL season. The Indian pacer went on to express his confidence over India’s position in the ongoing Edgbaston Test at the end of three days’ play.
Mohammed Siraj has emerged as a real threat for India in three man pace attacks in SENA conditions, cementing his place in the starting lineup over the last two years. His ability to move the ball either way brought him great success in England last season, scalping 14 wickets in the series including a 8-wicket haul at Lord’s. However, the right arm fast medium bowler has revealed he has not been able to extract natural outswing from his bowling of late, putting him to work on his skills.
"After the IPL I lost the outswing so I worked hard on the swing. It might look great to bowl outswing but it might not fetch you too many wickets. So I had to work on bowling inswing as well," Siraj said to India Today.
Siraj’s aggressive approach and a relentless hunt for wickets reaped rewards yet again in the first innings of the final Test in Edgbaston. The 28-year-old ended with figures of 4/66, having also got the prized possession of Joe Root. His antics have placed India in a comfortable position in the game, capitalizing on centuries from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
"We dominated for the first three days. The partnership of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja was brilliant and placed us in a strong position in this test match," he opined.
While no other batsman was allowed to score more than 36 runs, the Indian attack struggled to contain Jonny Bairstow. The Englishman’s gung ho batting earned him his third Test century this season. Siraj believes patience is key in encounters with the wicketkeeper batsman.
"We need to keep patience against Bairstow. He was attacking so we stuck to our basic planning. We had the belief in our ability," Siraj explained.
In the final session of the third day’s play, makeshift opener Cheteshwar Pujara ground his way to a gritty half century. The knock has extended India’s lead to a commendable 257 runs and earned plaudits from his teammate.
"Pujara is a warrior, especially the roles he played in India's greatest test victories overseas," the pacer concluded.