Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody has said that Mohammed Siraj, who made his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test, knew exactly what he was doing with the ball and is a great find for India.
India pacer Mohammed Siraj (AP Image)
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Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody has praised 26-year-old pacer Mohammed Siraj, calling him a “great find for India”. Moody, who was was recently appointed IPL side SRH’s director of cricketer, added that Siraj was knowing exactly what he was doing with the ball in his debut Test.
Siraj had decided to stay in Australia and perform his national duties after losing his father ahead of the ongoing Test series in Australia. The pacer was not picked for the frst Test but when he got his opprtunuty in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), he grabbed it with both his hands.
Mohammed Siraj dismissed Marnus Labuschagne to grab his debut Test wicket and later went on to take 4 more in the match to help India register a 8-wicket thumping win to level the series 1-1. Tom Moody has noted the brilliance of Siraj and called him “every bit” of a Test cricketer.
“Mohammed Siraj, I think was really impressive. We’re talking another wonderful Indian cricket story. This is a young guy that’s come from a very humble upbringing, got his IPL chance at Sunrisers before going to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now he’s playing Test cricket,” Moody said on ESPNCricinfo.
“To me, he looked every bit at home as Test cricketer. Whether he had the bowl in his hand or was at the top of his mark, or even when he was in the field. He tried to save every single run which is what you want from a captain’s and a coach’s perspective, which is so important.
“He chased it down with everything he possibly had, threw himself around in the field with a youthful experience, but my gosh, when he threw the ball, he knew exactly what he was doing, he knew his role, he bowled the right length, he challenged the batsman’s front pad constantly.
“He’s quick enough to disturb top order players. India have found a keeper there and he’s someone who will thrive overseas as well because of the way he presents the seam. He can swing the ball and get movement off the pitch. He’s a great find for India,” Moody added.