IND vs ENG: Mohammad Siraj told Indian batsman to be a warrior, revealed about giving target to England


Birmingham. Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has said that when the batsman has adopted an aggressive attitude, then it is necessary for the bowler to be patient. Jonny Bairstow (106) took an aggressive stance during England’s first innings on the third day of the ongoing fifth Test against India on Sunday and scored a century in the third consecutive Test. With the help of his century, England scored 284 runs in the first innings (IND vs ENG) in response to India’s 416 runs. Bairstow took an aggressive approach after a slow start. He hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in the innings. By far the most successful bowler in the match for India, Siraj (4 wickets) said that the Indian bowlers were not bothered by Bairstow’s stormy attitude. He called Cheteshwar Pujara a warrior.

Mohammad Siraj said, ‘As bowlers, we just have to be patient. Bairstow is in form and has been batting aggressively since the New Zealand series. So we knew that his confidence has increased. He said that our plan was simple that we have to stick to our basics. We have to believe in our ability. Whatever he did, it was just a matter of a ball. Whether it is inswing or the ball seaming from the pitch.

Our bowlers have more pace

The fast bowler said that it is normal for the batsman to be hit many times in England. You just have to be patient and focus on the process. Siraj said that the Indian bowlers have done their preparation well and they are aware of the weak aspects of England’s batsmen. Siraj said that when we saw the series against New Zealand, we realized that each of our bowlers bowls at a speed of more than 140 kmph, which they (New Zealand bowlers) did not have.

Aiming over 350 will be difficult

He said that we have the potential and we played against England last year as well. So it is a win-win situation for us, because we are aware of their weak sides and that is why we got success. India made 125 runs for three wickets in the second innings to take their total lead to 257 runs. Siraj felt it would be difficult for the England batsmen to achieve any target of more than 350 in the second innings at Edgbaston. He said that initially the pitch was helpful to the bowlers in the first innings, but later it became flat. So our plan was to bowl in one area consistently. Had we taken things easily, a lot of runs would have been scored against us.

stand by the need of the team

Siraj said that the ball is also staying low. So it will be helpful for us in the second innings. At the end of the third day’s play, Pujara was playing 50 while Rishabh Pant was scoring 30 runs. Siraj said that he (Pujara) is a warrior. He did it in Australia and here too he is doing his job. Whenever the team needed him, he stood by. Whenever the situation is tough, he is always ready to work.

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With reference to stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah, Hyderabad pacer Siraj said that as a player and captain, he is no different. He is always ready to help. Whenever I do something wrong, he tries to explain to me how to bowl in certain conditions.

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