Bolstering his T20 World Cup selection record, pacemaker Mohammed Siraj put on a show with the new ball in the deciding series between the Indian side and South Africa on Tuesday. Siraj, who previously replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the T20I series against South Africa, has emerged as one of the main candidates to take on the role of senior point guard in India’s squad for the next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup. .
Pacer Siraj delivered a winning performance in the second One Day International (ODI) against South Africa to help India level the series 1-1 in Ranchi. Continuing his impressive run with the new ball in the series decider on Tuesday, Siraj kept things airtight for the Proteas’ formidable batting unit at Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Siraj bagged a pair of wickets in the 3rd ODI as the Indian side led by Shikhar Dhawan beat South Africa by 7 wickets in Delhi. Praising Siraj after the match, former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik interacted with the in-form bowler at Hyderabadi.
“Miyan, kya bowling karte hain aap! Sahi bola mein Hyderabadi mein? (You’ve been bowling lately! Did I say Hyderabadi right?),” Kartik asked Siraj. “Bilkul Sir, (Absolutely Sir),” Siraj replied before the star point guard reflected on his performance. in the ODI Series Pacer Siraj was named Player of the Series for his bowling exploits against the Proteas.
“Playing against a good team gives you a lot of confidence. I had to take responsibility. I try to determine the correct lengths at the start of the sleeves. As a fast bowler, you need that fire and passion within you. Happy with my performance and happy to get this Series Player award,” Siraj concluded.
The Indian pacer took 5 wickets for Dhawan & Co. in the three-game series against South Africa. Siraj’s bowling exploits have given Team India a good selection headache ahead of the T20 World Cup. Siraj and Mohammed Shami are the two favorites to replace injured point guard Bumrah in India’s World Cup squad.
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