IND VS ENG: Mohammed Siraj dismissed Joe Root, Bairstow in the first innings of the fourth Test (PC-AP).
Joe Root was lbw by Mohammed Siraj, the fast bowler bowled brilliantly on a spin-friendly pitch.
India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was tempted to dismiss England captain Joe Root on the first day of the fourth and final cricket test as he devised precise tactics to dismiss the captain of the opposing team. Siraj lbw to Root on the inswinging ball. Siraj said about this wicket, ‘I was planning to get out the route by throwing balls moving outwards. And at the beginning of the new over, I thought that I would bring a ball inside. I got great satisfaction by implementing the strategy. It was fun.’
The Indian fast bowler similarly sensed the weakness of Johnny Bairstow on the inside ball and sent him to the pavilion on the ball coming in at a speed of over 146 km per hour. Siraj said, ‘I was not bowling fast enough to Bairstow in the beginning but all the footage I have seen of him, he swings inwards and gets out on the ball. So I wanted to bowl on a line and length and constantly bring the ball in and it worked.
Ranji Trophy experience beneficial-Siraj
On the first day, Virat Kohli used Siraj mostly in a small spell and his plan was to bowl continuously with the same line and length to create pressure. Siraj said, ‘Since the time of Ranji Trophy, we have learned to bowl with a good line and length and especially by using a lot of things at one place. It all depends on patience.
Siraj said that there was not enough reverse swing and Kohli made it clear that the fast bowlers would bowl from one end. He said, ‘Only the normal swing was getting. So we knew that the fast bowlers would bowl from one end. Siraj is happy whether Ajinkya Rahane in Australia or Kohli here, he constantly got encouragement and support from his captain. Regarding the pitch, Siraj said, “This is a great wicket for batting.”