Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has been enjoying a great run in international cricket, especially in Tests. After helping India win the historic Test series in Australia, he continued to impress everyone in the longest format of the game in England as well. Siraj not only played in all four Tests against England but also left an impact with his crucial contributions. He was second in the wickets tally list for India with 14 scalps against his name.
With his career soaring up in Test cricket, people expected him to walk straightaway into the T20 World Cup squad, However, it did not turn out as expected for Siraj and the Hyderabad cricketer is disappointed at missing out from the 15-member squad. Talking to Sportstar about the same, Siraj said that although it was his dream to play in the T20 World Cup, he can’t help with the selections. “Well, the selection is not in our hands. It was certainly a dream to play in the T20 World Cup. But, again, that is not the end of it all,” said Siraj.
He further added that he wants to continue winning games for his country. “I have many more goals — the biggest being to play a lead role in helping the team to win matches,” said Siraj. “I will take things as they come for I believe in destiny and be content in whatever opportunities I get even as the pursuit for excellence at the highest level continues,” he further explained.
It is a joy for me to be a part of unit led by Virat Kohli: Siraj
Siraj has always credited Virat Kohli for his success at the international level. Be it playing for RCB or India, Siraj (Miyan) always enjoys playing under Kohli. Talking about India’s performance in England, Siraj said, “This team is on a high after the memorable series win in Australia. It is a team with complete balance in all departments. And, personally, for me it is a joy to be part of such a unit led by such an inspirational leader like Virat bhai”.
Ever since Siraj has donned the whites for India, he has done exceptionally well and that too on away tours. He led the pace attack at Gabba in the absence of front-line seamers and clinched a fifer. Continuing on his good form, he bagged an eight-wicket haul at his Lord’s debut and played a vital role in India’s historic victory. He already has 30 wickets, including two four-fers and one fifer, from 9 Tests at an average of 29.4.