IND vs ENG: Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt heaped praise on Mohammed Siraj after the latter’s impressive performance against England in the first Test. Butt stated that Siraj doesn’t look like a newcomer in the Indian team, despite being relatively inexperienced at the Test level.
“Mohammed Siraj may be relatively inexperienced at the Test level but he has played a lot of first-class cricket and has been on A tours as well. The way he bowls, it doesn’t seem like he is a newcomer in Test cricket,” Butt said in a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.
Siraj claimed three wickets in the match. He impressed one and all with his consistent line and lengths. He bowed at a decent pace right throughout the game and troubled the opposition on quite a few occasions.
“He knows what lines to bowl. He is young and has a pace as well. The exuberance of youth can be seen when he runs into the bowl. Siraj has challenged the batsmen, bent his back and bowled bouncers. He is tall and strong. Siraj is definitely a brilliant future prospect. He is providing the team with wickets and not giving away too much,” Butt added.
Mohammed Siraj has so far managed to play 6 Tests, picking 19 wickets at an average of 30.7.
“He fits into this team really well. I don’t know whether Ishant Sharma was fit or not for the first Test but Siraj was really impressive as was Shardul Thakur. They backed Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami really well. It is because of their fast bowlers that India has started winning Tests away from home,” Butt signed off.
The first Test between India and England ended in no result. The second game will be played from 12th August to 16th August 2021.
IND vs ENG 1st Test Brief scores: England 183 and 303 (Root 109, Curran 32, Bumrah 5-64) ; India 278 and 52 for 1 (Rahul 26, Broad 1-18) ; Result: Draw