The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw some big names struggling to perform. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer was also among those who failed miserably throughout the season. The right-arm quick not only conceded runs but failed to take wickets. Siraj bowled with an economy rate of 10.07 rpo and took only nine wickets in 15 matches.
However, the pacer from Hyderabad says he has full faith in his abilities and will make a comeback soon. Siraj said that one bad IPL season doesn’t change the perception about the bowler. He also reminded people of his two maidens he bowled in 2020 and asserted that records are meant to be broken.
“Records are meant to be broken. When you talk about the IPL, I also made a record when I bowled two maidens and took three wickets. Till now, that record is intact. I don't look at things like that. I agree that this year my performance hasn't been great. In the previous two years, when I performed so well with the white ball…that was also Siraj, and this is also Siraj. One IPL performance doesn't change the perception about Siraj. I know that I will make a comeback. I've faith in my ability,” said the pacer to TOI.
I will make an impact in England: Siraj
The pacer further said that he will make an impact in England where India will play their fifth and rescheduled Test in July. Siraj said that he will be working on his fitness and bowling. “I recently went home. From home, I've come here, because RCB played a match on May 27. I'll go back and prepare. There's a lot of time for the tour. I'll work on my fitness and bowling,” said the pacer.
“I'm confident (about continuing the rhythm from last year) because I performed well in England last year. I now have the experience of getting the ball to swing in English conditions,” added Siraj. Notably, the 28-year-old played a significant role in India’s two wins at Lord’s and the Oval. Siraj took 14 wickets in four matches including an eight-wicket haul at the Lord’s.