India’s greenhorn fast bowler Mohammed Siraj is only seven Test matches old but he has shown maturity of a veteran.
Siraj has bowled in the right areas and he has reaped rewards for his accurate bowling. The fast bowler from Hyderabad has scalped 27 wickets in seven Test matches at an average of 26.3.
Furthermore, Siraj has been aggressive in his approach and he isn’t shy of having a few words with the opposition batsmen. The fast bowler has breathed down the neck of the opposition as he has been right on the money.
Siraj has a typical fast bowler aggression in him, which can take him a long way in his career. Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott feels the Indian team management should not tell Siraj to curb his natural aggression and he is an asset for the team.
“I like Siraj. He is full of energy. No one should tell him to curb anything. Let him flourish in his own way. He’s an asset for India, although he is fairly new,” Boycott told mid-day from the UK on Wednesday.
Siraj scalped eight wickets in the Lord’s Test and played a key role in India’s 151-run win. The fast bowler returned with 4-94 in the first innings and then came up with a fine bowling performance of 4-32 in the second essay.
Boycott added that India have got a beautiful attack as they are ticking the right boxes. The former English player wants to include Ravichandran Ashwin in India’s playing XI.
“India has got a beautiful attack now. I would like to have Ravichandran Ashwin in the team. Two top-class spinners and three pacers should be my choice of attack,” said Boycott.
On the other hand, Boycott is worried about England’s top-order, which has failed to deliver the goods. ECB have dropped Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley for the third Test match whereas they have added Dawid Malan and Saqib Mahmood.
“I am worried about the English batting line-up. Even my mum could bat better than the top three batters. It’s very sad. Lack of technique is the main reason,” said Boycott.