Former Indian legends have praised India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj’s ability to bowl extended stints. After former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar commended him the day before, another former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman, called him a “threatening bowler owing to his ability to maintain pace, bounce, and movement for an extended length of time.”
“Siraj is a very skilful bowler. For any fast bowler, there are two very important requirements. Firstly, he must have the ability to swing the ball deceptively. Siraj has this ability in abundance. Secondly, a fast bowler has to be able to bowl long spells. This ability too, Siraj has in him. He has tremendous stamina. He can come back for his third spell and bowl with just as much venom as he did in his first two spells,” Laxman said while speaking to Hyderabad-based Siasat daily.
The right-arm fast bowler made his Test debut in Australia during India’s victory in the series. He ended up bowling the most overs of any Indian bowler. Siraj went on to say that he had worked hard on his fitness throughout the lockdown.
Laxman, who played 134 Tests for India and was the architect of India’s memorable triumph over Australia in 2001, believes Siraj has the potential to become a bowling great.