Mohammed Siraj made headlines Wednesday, bowling a spell for the ages. The Royal Challengers fast bowler produced figures of 3/8 from his stipulated four overs. These including two maidens making him the first bowler to do so.
Kolkata Knight Riders could just muster up 84 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Chasing this RCB reached the target in 13.3 overs and lost two wicket in the chase.
But for RCB, Siraj alone doesn’t deserve credit for his breath-taking spell against Kolkata Knight Riders. Kudos to RCB captain Virat Kohli, who produced a master-stroke asking Siraj to open the bowling.
“First I want to thank Allah for my performance. Then thanks to Virat for giving me the new ball. I have been practising a lot with the new ball, Siraj said. “We hadn’t planned that I will open but when we went out, Virat bhai said Miyan ready ho jao. [Sir, get ready.]. The ball to Rana was very good. Executed exactly what I had planned.”
Siraj elaborated what it meant to finally bowl with the new ball. It had been a long time since the fast bowler was given the new ball, perhaps because of his high economy run-rate, but when the opportunity came for the 26-year-old, Siraj ensured he did not waste it.
“The initial plan for was me to come first change. But the moment I entered the ground, Virat bhai informed me,” Siraj said. “It was after a long time that I got the new ball. The last time it happened was during my first IPL year, when I’d bowled against Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2017). After that today, I got the opportunity to bowl with the new all today, so it felt great.”