Karim said Siraj had kept a destructive batsman like Russell in check and did not allow him to hit any six or four which turned the waves in RCB’s favour.

Former India cricketer Saba Karim has picked Mohammed Siraj’s performance in the 10th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders as the best spell of the 14th season.

The RCB pacer bowled just three overs in the game against Eoin Morgan-led side at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Though Siraj failed to take any wicket in that encounter, he bowled an outstanding 19th over where he did not allow the big-hitting batsman Andre Russell to score runs.

As a result, the two-time champions failed to chase the target of 205 and lost the game by 38 runs.

In his latest conversation with India News, Karim was asked to choose the best spell of IPL 2021 and he quickly picked Siraj’s spell against the Kolkata-based franchise.

Explaining the reason behind his choice, the 53-year-old said Siraj had kept a destructive batsman like Russell in check and did not allow him to hit any six or four which turned the waves in RCB’s favour.

“The fast bowlers bowled lots of brilliant and effective spells. But in my opinion, Mohammed Siraj bowled the most brilliant spell although he did not take a wicket in that. It was in the match against Kolkata,” said Karim.

“The sort of batsman Andre Russell is, if he had struck two or three sixes in that over, the equation of the match would have changed in KKR’s favor. So, it was a decisive spell from Siraj,” he added.

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