Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj left a lasting mark on the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. His remarkable performance included an astounding six-wicket haul while conceding only 21 runs. This left the Sri Lankan batting lineup in shambles. They could only manage to set a target of 51 runs. India clinched victory effortlessly with a resounding 10-wicket win.
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan showered praise on Siraj for his outstanding performance in the final. Pathan stressed that such remarkable displays showcase why the team chose Siraj instead of Mohammed Shami.
“You could notice the degree of swing, but the late swing and control you noticed in Mohammed Siraj’s bowling are the reasons a bowler like Mohammed Shami is seated outside. A wicket-taker like Mohammed Shami, who bowls with an upright seam, won’t be left off any international team’s starting lineup,” he said.
“So who is replacing him (Shami) on the pitch? A bowler named Siraj. He swings the ball both ways and bowls at a pace of about 140 kph,” Pathan added.
Siraj’s impact was evident from the very start, as he began with a maiden over. He consistently swung the ball with finesse. He then claimed four wickets in a single over, rattling the Sri Lankan side.
His brilliance didn’t stop there. Siraj equaled former Sri Lankan cricketer Chaminda Vaas’ record by becoming the fastest bowler to achieve a five-wicket haul, off just 16 balls.
India’s dominance extended throughout the match, capitalizing on their strong start. They bowled out the Sri Lankan opposition for a mere 50 runs, with Hardik Pandya taking the last three wickets in quick succession.