WATCH: Mohammed Siraj shines with a five-wicket haul on County Championship debut

Siraj’s five victims also included Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 13 September 2022 06:01 PM

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Mohammed Siraj is undoubtedly one of the top red-ball bowlers going around in world cricket at the moment. The right-arm quick has produced many match-winning performances in his sort Test career so far. In 13 Tests for India, Siraj has scalped 40 wickets which include three four-wicket hauls and a five-wicket haul which came in the famous Gabba Test. The 28-year-old was India’s star performer during the team’s tour to England in 2021.

Siraj had taken eight wickets in the Lord’s Test and had helped India to win the match by a massive margin. When the pacer was bowling, it looked like he was born to bowl on English pitches and Siraj is proving it again while playing for Warwickshire. The right-arm quick impressed everyone on his Country Championship debut for Warwickshire by picking up five wickets. 

Siraj dismissed five Somerset batters and helped the team bundle them for 219. Siraj’s five victims also included Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq. The pacer got the southpaw caught behind the wicket as Imam tried to cut a good length delivery from Siraj. Apart from Imam-ul-Haq, Siraj accounted for George Bartlett, James Rew, Lewis Gregory and Josh Davey. The right-arm quick finished the innings with bowling figures of 24-6-82-5. 

Notably, the County club announced the singing of Indian pacer for the last three matches last month. “Siraj is a fantastic addition to the squad and we can’t wait to welcome him to Warwickshire. He is one of the best fast bowlers in the world right now and his knowledge and experience will help bring an added dimension to our line-up,” had said Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace. 

"I can't wait to join up with the Bears squad," Siraj said. "I have always enjoyed playing in England with India and I'm excited to experience County Cricket. Edgbaston is [a] world-class stadium and the atmosphere it created this year for the Test was special. I'm really looking forward to making it my home in September and hopefully helping the Bears end the season well,” had said Siraj post his signing. 

Siraj’s last national assignment was the Zimbabwe tour wherein he picked two wickets in two ODIs he played.

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