CSK vs RCB, IPL 2021: Ashish Nehra rates this Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer higher than Jasprit Bumrah- Ahead of the important clash between MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings vs Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, former IPL player Ashish Nehra has said Mohammad Siraj is much better than Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in terms of skill.
“When you talk about skill, this has been my thinking in the last three-fours years. When it comes to bowlers, everyone talks about Jasprit Bumrah being right up there. I don’t think Siraj is behind Bumrah, when you are talking about skills,” Nehra said.
“Going forward, how successful he will be is something to be seen,” he added.
“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, will always have a greater chance of being a good white-ball bowler,” the former India pacer said.
“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 said.
“He has a different slower one, he doesn’t lack pace, he can move the new ball. He needs to keep his fitness and sharpen his mind. If he can do these two things well, sky is the limit,” Nehra signed off.
The 27-year-old recently made his Test debut for India in Australia. He took his maiden five-wicket haul in the fourth Test as India breached the Gabba fortress to retain the Border-Gavaskar series. He is a vital cog to RCB in their bid for their first IPL title. Siraj has already scalped 5 wickets in 4 matches at an economy rate of 6.06. He is also on the verge to complete 50 wickets in IPL.
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