Indian Mohammed Siraj has scaled a new peak by becoming the third ranked seam bowler in the world in ODI cricket. Hyderabad is famous for producing talented spinners. Beginning with Ghulam Ahmed, there have been tweakers such as Shivlal Yadav and Arshad Ayub in the off spin department. There are a host of other gifted spinners who could not make it into the Indian team but was good enough to do so. But in the use of seam and pace, the number of bowlers from Hyderabad is not so many. Mohammad Siraj is among the best. No other pace bowler has reached this level or rank in ODI cricket. Siraj has matured and grown with the passing of the years. He has learned from experience and added a few more weapons to his armoury.
V.V.S. Laxman had said that Siraj has all the required skills.
V.V.S. Laxman had said that Siraj has all the required skills. For one thing, Siraj is a very artful bowler. He can use the seam in the right manner on different pitches. Secondly, for any fast bowler, there are two very important requirements. He must have the ability to swing the ball deceptively. Siraj has this ability in abundance. Then a fast bowler has to be able to bowl long spells. This ability too, Siraj has in him. He has tremendous stamina. He can come back for his next spell and bowl with just as much venom as he did in his first spell. Siraj is now 28. He is at just the right age when his strength and stamina are still at their peak and at the same time, he has learned a lot of variations and control, through experience. One may recall the example of the great Dennis Lillee who was a tear way fast bowler in his early 20s.