Mohammed Siraj’s THIS dream will drive his career
Mohammad Siraj had an interesting start to his international career against Australia in Melbourne. In an interview Siraj expressed his desire of becoming the higher taker in the country. He had a good last season in the IPL having taken 11 wickets, he hopes to carry out his form in the upcoming season which starts from tomorrow.
Talking about his experience on playing for India he mentioned “Jasprit Bumrah used to stand beside me whenever I was bowling. He told me to stick to the basics and not do something extra. It’s great learning to talk to such an experienced player. I even played with Ishant Sharma, he has played 100 Tests. It felt good to share the dressing room with him. My dream is to be the highest wicket-taker for India and I will work hard whenever I get an opportunity,” Siraj said in a video posted on RCB’s Twitter handle.
Siraj did not have a great start in his international career, having lost his father before making his debut for India. He has also stated that it was his father dream to see Siraj playing for India. “During Australia tour, I was in quarantine and when we came back from practice, I got to know my father passed away. Unfortunately, no one could come to my room. I called home and my fiance, mother were very supportive and they told me that I need to fulfill my father’s dream of seeing me play for India,” said Siraj.
Siraj also shares great relationship with India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, he stated, “Arun sir treats me like a son. When I talk to him, it boosts my confidence. When he was in Hyderabad, he always told me to focus on line and length. I want to play all three formats for India. Whatever opportunities I get, I want to give my 100 per cent and grab them with both hands. There is a series against England after the IPL, I will give my best.”
The bowler also admits that the three wicket haul against Kolkata knight riders boosted his confidence and helped him make an impact. “Last year, when I joined RCB, I was low on confidence. But when I started bowling with the new ball, I was also bowling on a single wicket, which helped me a lot. And then the performance against KKR gave me a lot of confidence. The team culture here is so nice that everyone used to get together and discuss stuff like Virat does.” said Siraj.
Siraj is looking forward to lead RCB’s bowling attack in the upcoming season and contributing to the winning cause.