Mohammed Siraj made headlines on Wednesday night, bowling a spell for the ages. The Royal Challengers fast bowler produced figures of 3/8 from his four overs, including two maidens making him the first bowler to do so. However, Siraj alone doesn’t deserve credit for his breath-taking spell against Kolkata Knight Riders. Props to RCB captain Virat Kohli, who produced a master-stroke top make Siraj open the bowling and operate with the new ball.
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After the match, Player of the Match Siraj revealed what Kohli told him before handing him over the new ball.
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“First I want to thank Allah for my performance. Then thanks to Virat for giving me the new ball. I have been practising a lot with the new ball, Siraj said. “We hadn’t planned that I will open but when we went out, Virat bhai said Miyan ready ho jao. [Sir, get ready.]. The ball to Rana was very good. Executed exactly what I had planned.”
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Siraj elaborated what it meant to finally bowl with the new ball. It had been a long time since the fast bowler was given the new ball, perhaps because of his high economy run-rate, but when the opportunity came for the 26-year-old, Siraj ensured he did not waste it.
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“The initial plan for was me to come first change. But the moment I entered the ground, Virat bhai informed me,” Siraj said. “It was after a long time that I got the new ball. The last time it happened was during my first IPL year, when I’d bowled against Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2017). After that today, I got the opportunity to bowl with the new all today, so it felt great.”