Siraj picked only a wicket but was impactful with his swing bowling against Australia in the ongoing final Test. He dismissed opener, David Warner, in the first over of the game and showed why he was trusted to lead the attack after Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t get ready for the game despite trying till the eleventh hour.
The legendary Indian batsman praised Siraj and explained how the Indian speedster was able to bowl the inswing on day one of the fourth Test.
“When Mohammed Siraj was bowling, I had a couple of guys say that the ball hit the crack and it nipped back something which I observed was completely different. Mohammed Siraj, when he was bowling outswingers, (reflecting on the shiny surface of the ball) this is the shiny side and what he would do is he would get his fingers behind the ball and release it,” Tendulkar said in a video posted on his Twitter.
It was Mohd. Siraj’s ability & not the pitch that brought the ball in yesterday on Day 1 of the 4th Test!#AUSvIND https://t.co/P1NCqLGIeK
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1610799435000
“So the seam is pointing towards the first slip, or sometimes second slip, and when he wanted to bowl in the cutter which moves off the seam, instead of going behind the ball he went off the pitch,” he added.
The former cricketer concluded by giving Siraj the full marks for his bowling. “So I don’t think it happened off the crack. It was Siraj’s talent. His ability to bowl those in-cutters,” said Tendulkar.
Rain forced early stumps on day two of the fourth Test between Australia and India at The Gabba on Saturday. India ended the day at 62/2 still trailing the hosts by 307 runs.