Team India: “He knows his strength is hitting the wicket”

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Former Indian team keeper-beater Parthiv Patel has praised point guard Mohammed Siraj for sticking to his strengths in the Napier T20I against New Zealand on Tuesday (November 22nd). Patel attributed the quick thrower’s success in the game to unwavering discipline with the ball.

Siraj was named Player of the Game for his career-best T20I numbers of 4/17 in the third T20I against the Kiwis. The 28-year-old fired Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner as the hosts were knocked out for 160 after winning the coin toss and striking first.

The Men in Blue were 75/4 in nine overs in the pursuit when the match was called off. Since India’s score was the same as the score by D/L, the game was declared a draw. Siraj was clearly the standout performer of the game. Reflecting on his performance, Patel told Cricbuzz during a chat:

“Siraj was brilliant with his bowling. He knows his strength is hitting the wicket with the seam and that’s exactly what he was doing.

“Sometimes when the slog overs start, as bowlers you can get carried away with the bowling of these yorkers and bouncers. But he kept hitting these lengths, which were hard to hit. That’s the reason why you see these numbers. Well done (to him).”

Besides Siraj, left arm tailor Arshdeep Singh also had an impressive game, claiming 4/37. At one point in their innings the Kiwis were down 130 for two but ended up losing eight wickets for 30 runs.

“He was aggressive and brave” – ​​Patel on Siraj’s four-iron

Elaborating on Siraj’s bowling effort at Napier, Patel described his performance as aggressive and brave. He commented:

“What I really liked about Siraj’s attitude today was that he was aggressive and brave. It’s something you always have to do. Sticking to his strengths was the key for Siraj today. That’s why he got these results.

Speaking after winning player of the match, Siraj admitted the wicket wasn’t easy to beat, adding he was ready to go the tough lengths and reap the rewards. The Indian leader said:

“I prepared to play tough lengths and had so much practice during the World Cup and just executed my plans. I always keep it simple. Just play the hard lengths.

While the Napier T20I ended in a tie, India won the series 1-0, having won the second match at Mount Maunganui on Sunday by 65 points.

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