Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is convinced that pacer Mohammed Siraj is on par with superstar pacer Jasprit Bumrah if both of them are put on the same table. In the last few months, Siraj has hypnotised the batters with his confident bowling. The Hyderabad-born pacer ended the four-match Test series against Australia as the highest wicket-taker.
Siraj ended the series with 13 wickets in three matches and anchored India’s historic victory. Siraj became India’s one of the biggest assets in the series. He has continued the same form in the Indian Premier League.
“When you talk about skill, this has been my thinking in the last three-four years. When it comes to bowlers, everyone talks about Jasprit Bumrah being right up there. But skill-wise, I don’t think Siraj is behind Bumrah, and in all formats,” Nehra told in a video on Cricbuzz.
Siraj is economical in the IPL as well. For his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has scalped five wickets in four matches at an economy of 6.06.
“There was talk about a couple of years ago that he used to pick up 5-6 wickets in every match for India A with the red ball, and I’ve always believed that a good red-ball bowler, a Test match bowler has a greater chance of succeeding as a white-ball bowler.”
Nehra is optimistic that Siraj will be affirmative across the formats. He will be delivering great match-winning spells for India.
Ashish Nehra Chooses Between Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Siraj
“There are some bowlers whom you include only for T20s, for white-ball matches. So I think Siraj is a very good all-format bowler. There is no shortage of skill, he has all type of variations. I would in fact say that skill-wise, he is even ahead of Bumrah if you talk of variations,” Nehra added.
“He has a different slower one, there is no lack of speed, he can move the new ball. He needs to keep his fitness and sharpen his mind. If he can do these two things well, the sky is the limit.”
RCB’s next game is against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, starting on 25th April.