India’s debutant pacemaker Mohammed Siraj said on Monday that the MCG runway has slowed significantly and to sweep the Australian tail they will have to hit one area consistently. The Indian bowlers, despite Umesh Yadav’s injury early in the second innings, reduced the home side to 133 for six. The hosts are only two runs ahead with four more wickets in the second test.
“The lane on day one was very useful for bowling, but it has gotten really slow today. Not much going on and not much swinging. The key is to stay patient and hit one area constantly,” Siraj said during the virtual media conference.
His senior bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah told him the only way to get wickets on a flat deck is to build up pressure with lots of point balls.
“Jassi Bhai told me you shouldn’t try anything else. Bowl in one is and create pressure with point balls and there should be equal attention to every ball,” said the 26-year-old Hyderabad pacer, who already had three wickets in. the game including that of Travis Head in the second innings.
Siraj’s rise as a Test bowler has happened in the wake of some great performances for Hyderabad and India A at the first class level.
“During lockdown I had worked very hard on my fitness and that is paying off. I did well for India A in the format of the red ball and that really helped and after my good performance with the white ball in this IPL. years, I became confident that I can also do well for the senior team and hopefully I will continue the good work in the future, ”he said.
What has helped Siraj perform impressively with the red kookaburra is his experience playing for A team in New Zealand earlier this year.
“The SG seam is more pronounced and the kookaburra seam is flattening out quickly as it is now. I bent well in New Zealand on a tour and that experience helped me a lot.
“Actually, as you see, there isn’t much difference in how you perform in Ranji Trophy and at this level. Yes, performance at the Test level has its own value, but the basics don’t change,” he said.
He is deeply indebted to the Indian team’s bowling coach, Bharath Arun, who was also his mentor when he first stood up for Hyderabad Ranji’s side.
“I’ve always said about Arun Sir’s contribution to my career. When he was a coach in Hyderabad, he said to me, ‘The kind of quality you have, you can get any batsman out in world cricket.’ Same here for my Test debut, he gave me a lot of encouragement, ”he said.
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