Mohammed Siraj is one of the most important bowlers of Indian cricket in recent times. A son of Auto Rickshaw driver who delivers 150 plus bowling with a typical bouncer which was impressed by his sunrise Hyderabad captain David Warner and VVS Laxman. In the year 2017 he was picked by sunrises Hyderabad on a contract of 2.6 crores, after few days he was picked by a selector in an Indian jersey who had played T20 International against New Zealand.
Siraj Made his test Debut against Australia on 26 December 2020, he picked up 13 wickets and 1 five-wicket haul with an economy of 2.85 in 6 innings.
In India, he picked up 3 wickets in 2 matches with an economy of 2.61 and produced 68 runs. Overall, he has picked up 27 wickets with an economy of 2.98 in 7 matches and produced 710 runs.
In ODI he could not be picked up any wickets and not played that many tournaments.
In T20 he picked up 3 wickets in 3 matches with an economy of 12.33 and produced 148 runs.
Hence, he is Amazing against England in the recent Test matches he picked up 14 wickets with an economy of 3.13 in 8 innings and produced 326 runs.
Overall, after losing his father facing lots of Racial Abuse in Australia, he fought back and the result has come years down the line.
After coming back from Australia, he drove a BMW car in the street of Hyderabad. f Shabana, who once worked as domestic help, had had her way, Siraj would have been lost to Indian cricket as she never wanted her son to play the sport.
If Shabana, Siraj’s mother, who would have been lost to Indian cricket as she never wanted her son to play the sport.
“I wanted him to concentrate on academics,” she had said soon after his acquisition by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 for Rs 2.5 crore. “Padega to Kuch paise bhi kama lega (If he studies, he can earn some money as well). There was always a financial crisis at home, and I didn’t want Siraj to waste his time in cricket. We didn’t have anyone who had played the game in our family.” Despite her fear and discouragement because of the financial stress at home, Siraj pursued his passion with his father’s active support.
He was a tennis-ball “mercenary” in his city, ferried from one tournament to another in return for biryani or a burger. Skipping studies and playing cricket meant even risking being beaten up by his mother sometimes. “We were concerned about his future, but I can’t believe how well he has come up in his game,” she would say later.
According to the Report of Deccan Herald ormer Hyderabad paceman P Jyothi Prasad has no doubt Arun has had a huge influence on Siraj’s bowling.
“Siraj is quite lucky in the sense that his bowling took off in Hyderabad under Arun and then when he made it to the Indian team. He had pace but he was quite raw. It’s Arun who helped his bowling evolve,”
said Prasad, who as Hyderabad chairman of selectors first picked him after watching him bowl fast on unresponsive pitches.
“When I first saw him in a local match, he was raw and quicker,” Prasad told DH about how he unearthed the gem.
“What impressed me about him was that for someone so fast at that age (Siraj was barely 20 then), he had good rhythm.
Also, he wasn’t just… uprooting stumps but sending them cartwheeling. I hadn’t seen anyone do that for a long time. Since Hyderabad lacked a genuine quick bowler, I picked him for selection matches for the state U-23 and Ranji teams.
“Fortunately for him, Arun was also roped in as coach of Hyderabad the same year. I have been a pace bowler myself and I briefed Arun about Siraj. Since then, there has been a marked improvement in his bowling. I would say he is a different b… bowler from what he was less than two years ago. From his grip to delivery stride to the finish… There is a certain finesse to his bowling now.”
Hence Siraj is an amazing bowler as the days will pass, he will become stronger and most watch out player in the upcoming years.