Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Parthiv Patel has lauded his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate Mohammed Siraj by naming the latter as the story of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB have often been let down by their death bowling in previous editions of the IPL. However, barring a rare occasion, their bowlers have delivered the goods in the slog overs.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Parthiv was asked whether RCB have been able to resolve their death overs bowling crisis. He replied in the affirmative and singled out Mohammed Siraj for showcasing his ability to bowl pinpoint yorkers at the death.
“Absolutely they did. I thought the way Siraj bowled this season. I think he is the story of this IPL. Everyone has spoken about Mohammed Siraj bowling well with the new ball and then not being able to bowl yorkers but this season he was nailing yorkers,” he said.
Siraj’s growing stature as a death bowler was best exemplified by the penultimate over of the match he bowled to Andre Russell in RCB’s win over KKR, last month. With KKR needing 44 runs in the final two overs, Siraj conceded just one run in 19th.
The 36-year-old also praised RCB all-rounder Harshal Patel, who was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament before its suspension, and termed him a great signing for the team.
“The emergence of Harshal Patel. He was a smart buy and he got help from the pitches as well. The elite slower ones and the yorkers also mixing in between. I thought he mixed his pace very well,” he added.
“While acknowledging that Harshal might have been taken to the cleaners on an odd occasion, the former Indian wicket-keeper highlighted the 30-year-old’s wicket-taking ability as his biggest strength.
“He bowled well in Mumbai also, when you are playing so many games, you can get hit, that’s fine, but that wicket-taking ability is very important when you are bowling in the slog overs. If you don’t get wickets, you often get hit but I thought Harshal Patel bowled really well this IPL so far,” he stated.