Indian speedster Mohammed Siraj recently stated that aggression is a key element in his bowling efforts and he enjoys it since it gives him more success.
Mohammed Siraj comments on having aggressive bowling approach
Siraj is part of the Indian squad that is playing the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval.
“Aggression is very important in my bowling. Test cricket is all about aggression. It is not about delivering simple balls and leaving without saying anything. Unlike some bowlers who bowl here and there because of aggression, my bowling is precise. The more aggressive I am, the more success I get,” said Siraj in a video posted by ICC on Saturday.
Siraj over the past few years has developed an aggressive body language on the field, which has seen him get into heated exchanges with his opponents while bowling.
Talking about his cricketing journey, Siraj said that he played a lot of tennis ball cricket but never thought he could play for India.
“I used to play a lot of tennis-ball cricket. I never thought I could be an Indian player. I used to give my 100 per cent in those matches. When I started playing in the league, it was the first time that I touched a leather ball. I did not know anything about swing and inswing. But I still took five wickets on my debut. Slowly, my confidence grew as I played. It never crossed my mind that I would play for India, but I kept enjoying the game,” said Siraj.
“I stuck to my plan and got an Indian cap. I am very proud of myself,” he added.
The pacer recalled that the year 2020 was really tough for him as he lost his father and was uncertain if he would get a Test debut.
“I was given a chance to play in Melbourne Test against Australia. My father would have been proud of me had he been there still, because playing Tests is a matter of respect and honour,” said Siraj.
Australia’s 469 runs in the first innings were powered largely by centuries from Travis Head (163 in 174 balls, 25 fours and a six), and Steve Smith (121 in 268 balls, 19 fours). Siraj (4/108) was the leading bowler for India in the first innings. Shardul Thakur, and Mohammed Shami got two wickets while Jadeja got one.