Former India cricketer VVS Laxman joined many voices who heaped massive praises for young speedster Mohammed Siraj in recent months. Siraj has impressed all with his performance across all formats since the Australia Test series.
Siraj has come a long way from leaking runs to becoming an impressive new-ball and death-over bowler. The cricketer-turned-commentator mentioned that the Hyderabad pacer’s ability to swing the ball and the stamina to bowl long spells are the reasons behind his success. In a recent interview with The Siasat Daily, Laxman reckoned that Siraj bowls the third spell with as much venom as he did in his first two spells.
“Siraj is a very skilful bowler. For any fast bowler, there are two very important requirements. Firstly, he must have the ability to swing the ball deceptively. Siraj has this ability in abundance. Secondly, 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 third spell and bowl with just as much venom as he did in his first two spells,” said Laxman.
VVS Laxman on what makes Siraj a dangerous bowler
The former middle-order batsman revealed that the spearhead’s speed, bounce and movement over a long period makes him such a dangerous bowler. He further added that if Siraj manages to work hard over the next few years, he can be a really big name in international cricket.
“This ability to maintain his speed, bounce and movement over a long period is what makes Siraj such a dangerous bowler. There is no time for the batsmen to relax. Siraj just keeps coming back again and again and he keeps hammering away at the batsmen. That is why he picks up wickets even in his third spell. It is an important quality for any fast bowler to possess,” explained Laxman.
“Provided he continues to work hard over the next few years, Siraj can be a really big name in international cricket. He certainly has the qualities and the potential to do so,” said Laxman.