Sanjay Manjrekar: Mohammad Siraj at the moment looks like a complete seam bowler
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar was left shocked to see Siraj barely being discussed in the post-match presentation after the end of the 3rd ODI while Manjrekar held special praise for Siraj, praising him for consistently performing for India.
The Indian cricket team started their 2023 ODI World Cup preparations in style, getting a clean sweep against Black Caps in the 3-match series. The likes of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma were the top performers with the bat while spinner Kuldeep Yadav also fascinated many.
In terms of the pace bowling department, it was Mohammed Siraj who surpassed the rest. However, former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar was left shocked to see Siraj barely being discussed in the post-match presentation after the end of the 3rd ODI.
In a chat on Star Sports, Manjrekar held special praise for Siraj, praising him for consistently performing for India.
“In the post-match, he was hardly mentioned. Hardly talked about. But yes, when I have to look at 1 player who is promising a lot. One player whose growth has been phenomenal. I’ve used this term many times. He at the moment looks like a complete seam bowler. And that says a lot about any performer and not just this format. In T20Is and Test matches as well,”Manjrekar said after the conclusion of the presentation ceremony.
Siraj completed the series with 5 wickets to his name at a splendid average of 11.20. While the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur took more wickets than him (6 each). Siraj just highlighted 2 matches for the team in the 3-ODI series.
“Shubman Gill got a double hundred and a hundred. But when you look at the quality and against the toughest opposition in the world – big pressure match. Mohammed Siraj is somebody that India has found, who will be there when India needs him,”Manjrekar added.
Siraj was rested from the third and final ODI of the series, in what appeared to be an action to keep him fresh for the upcoming 4-match Test series against Australia.