India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has revealed that he was asked to "quit cricket and drive auto” with his father after a disappointing IPL 2019 campaign. Siraj added that MS Dhoni's heartening words to him made him feel slightly better. The 27-year-old had a poor IPL 2019 season for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). While he claimed seven wickets in nine matches, he had an economy rate of nearly 10. In a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he was taken for 36 runs in 2.2 overs. He sent down two beamers and had to be taken off from bowling.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that he is not at all surprised with pacer Mohammed Siraj’s instant success in international cricket. According to Kohli, Siraj has always had the skills to succeed on the big stage but the Australia gave him that much-needed confidence. Siraj was chosen for the tour Down Under as a back-up to the main pace bowlers. But injuries saw him being thrown into the deep end and he responded in admirable fashion.
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has praised upcoming fast bowler Mohammed Siraj for his excellent performance in the Lord’s Test. Siraj claimed 8 wickets in the match as India registered victory by 151 runs to go 1-0 in the in the five-match series. Tendulkar has been highly impressed with how consistent Siraj has proved to be during his short career in Test matches.
Vengeance of 2017 is what this match is called now. Back then, RCB were skittled for 49 by KKR’s pace attack and this time it was RCB’s turn to return the favour. Mohammed Siraj registered impressive figures of 3-8 as KKR could manage only 84.