Khan, who worked closely with Pandya during his stint at Mumbai Indians, is backing the 28-year-old to come good against South Africa.

India defeated England in the second Test at Lord’s. Mohammed Siraj was the best Indian performer along with KL Rahul. He took eight wickets in the match and his long spells helped other bowlers to recover.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah went after the bowlers and helped the visitors to reach a total of 298, setting the home team a target of 272.

Siraj was spot on in the second innings as well and scalped four batsmen in his spell.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, former India pacer Zaheer Khan praised Siraj. “Siraj’s intensity throughout the game was phenomenal. It feels like every ball he bowls he will get a wicket. That is the energy with which he bowls,” Zaheer said.

Zaheer further stated that Siraj adds balance to the team.

“Siraj has brought balance into the Indian team as Shami has an upright seam position. Siraj likes to bowl long spells and that I think is necessary for the captain to have in the team. Siraj is very disciplined and the way he bowls to the left-handers it gives an extra option, as Bumrah and Ishant prefer to bowl around the wicket to left-hand batters.”

“But Siraj bowls over the wicket and, the bowl goes outside the off stump and creates a problem,” he added.

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