ENG vs IND Test: Why did England’s four-wicket-taker Mohammad Siraj finally say – you have to be patient!
Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj has said that it is important for a bowler to be patient when the batsman has adopted an aggressive approach. Jonny Bairstow (106 off 140 balls) 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.
Birmingham. Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj has said that it is important for a bowler to be patient when the batsman has adopted an aggressive approach. Jonny Bairstow (106 off 140 balls) 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 in reply to India’s 416 runs. Bairstow took an aggressive approach after a slow start and hit 14 fours and two sixes in his innings.
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Siraj (four for 66), the most successful bowler in the match for the visiting team, said the Indian bowlers were not bothered by Bairstow’s stormy nature. Siraj said after the end of the third day’s play on Sunday, “As bowlers we just have to be patient. Bairstow has been in form and has been batting aggressively since the New Zealand series. So we knew his confidence was on the rise. He said, “Our plan was simple to stick to our basics. We have to believe in our ability, no matter what he does, it was just a matter of a ball – be it inswing or seaming off the pitch. Cheating is a normal thing, 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, “When we saw the series against New Zealand, we realized that each of our bowlers bowls at more than 140 kmph which they (New Zealand bowlers) did not have.” We have got potential and we played against England last year as well. So it’s a win-win situation for us because we know their weak points and that’s why we got success. Siraj felt it would be difficult for the England batsmen to chase down any target of more than 350 in the second innings at Edgbaston.
“In the first innings, the pitch was initially helpful to the bowlers but later it became flat. So our plan was to bowl in one area consistently. Had we taken things easily, we would have scored a lot of runs against us.” Siraj said, “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 on 30. Siraj said, “He (Pujara) is a warrior. He did it in Australia and he is doing his job here as well. He is there whenever the team needs him.
He is always ready to work whenever the conditions are tough.” Referring to caretaker captain Jasprit Bumrah, Hyderabad fast bowler Siraj said, “As a player and as a 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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