Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj dreams of becoming India’s highest wicket-taker. According to him, he is working hard for this and wants to take full advantage of the opportunities. He has played one-day, three T20Is and five Tests for India since his debut in the shortest format of cricket against New Zealand in November 2017. Siraj, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, said he wants to play in all three formats and has credited his success to teammates Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
Siraj said, ‘Whenever I used to bowl, Jaspreet Bumrah used to stand next to me. He told me that I should stick to basic and try not to do anything extra. It is good to learn from such an experienced player. Siraj said this in a video posted on the RCB official Twitter handle. He also said, ‘I have also played with Ishant Sharma, he has played 100 Tests. It was nice to share the dressing room with them. My dream is for India to take the most wickets and whenever I get a chance I will work hard. Siraj, one of the leading fast bowlers of RCB, has taken 39 wickets in 35 IPL matches so far. He said that his confidence had dropped when he joined the team, but a good performance against KKR boosted his confidence. Siraj said that he would continue his aggressive bowling after receiving good response from RCB batting advisor Sanjay Bangar.
Siraj has performed very effectively since making his Test debut in Australia in December. It was an emotional tour for Siraj, as he lost his father when he was in Quarantine in Australia. On this, he said that during the tour of Australia, I was in quarantine and when we came back from practice, I came to know that my father had passed away. Unfortunately, no one could come to my room. I called my house and my fiancé and mother supported me a lot and explained to me that I needed to fulfill my father’s dream of playing for India. Talking about his association with India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, Siraj said ‘Arun Sir considers me like his son. When I talk to them, it boosts my confidence.