MI vs RCB in IPL 2021: Mohammed Siraj unfolds his plans for opening match vs Mumbai Indians- Royal Challengers Bangalore pace spearhead Mohammad Siraj on Thursday revealed his plans for the IPL 2021 opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians. The Hyderabad-based cricketer said that he wants to bowl on the right line and length, stick to the basic game plan throughout the course of IPL 2021. Siraj will next be seen playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 beginning April 9.
“Mohammed Siraj 2.0 Siraj talks about his Indian team debut, how he regained his confidence during last year’s IPL, goals for this season and much more, on @myntra presents Bold Diaries,” RCB wrote in a tweet post.
Bold Diaries: Mohammed Siraj 2.0
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— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 8, 2021
Siraj has been in exceptional form off-late. He made his India debut in the Test series earlier this year. The 27-year-old further stated that he wants to play in all formats for India. He wants to be the leading wicket-taker for the country and in order to achieve this dream, he will always keep his best foot forward.
Siraj credited his success to MI’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and DC’s Ishant Sharma.
“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 the official Twitter handle of RCB.
He also revealed his tough time in Australia during demise of his father amid quarantine.
“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.
Talking about his bond with India bowling coach Bharat Arun, Siraj said: “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.”
Siraj has picked 39 wickets in 35 matches in IPL. He will be one of the key pacers for RCB in their bid to maiden IPL trophy.
In the video, Siraj revealed how his confidence was low when he first joined the RCB camp and since then grew as a cricketer. He said a performance against KKR lifted his spirits that set him on course to do well with the ball. He added that the team environment is quite pleasant.
When asked about his IPL 2020 campaign, Siraj said: “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.”