India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj took just three wickets in the first Test against England but he consistently bowled in probing areas. He was preferred over veteran Ishant Sharma in Nottingham.
Since making his Test debut in Australia, Siraj has impressed everyone including rival players. Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt also lauded the Indian bowler for his bowling in the first Test and said that he has a bright future in the purest format of the game.
“Mohammed Siraj may be relatively inexperienced at the Test level but he has played a lot of first-class cricket and has been on A tours as well. The way he bowls, it doesn’t seem like he is a newcomer in Test cricket,” Butt said in a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.
“He knows what lines to bowl. He is young and has a pace as well. The exuberance of youth can be seen when he runs in to bowl. Siraj has challenged the batsmen, bent his back and bowled bouncers. He is tall and strong. Siraj is definitely a brilliant future prospect. He is providing the team with wickets and not giving away too much,” Butt added.
“He fits into this team really well. I don’t know whether Ishant Sharma was fit or not for the first Test but Siraj was really impressive as was Shardul Thakur. They backed Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami really well. It is because of their fast bowlers that India have started winning Tests away from home,” Butt signed off.