Mohammed Siraj, the man who went from near-poverty to IPL riches, has finally impressed David WarnerMay 1, 2017
David Warner, who blasted a scintillating century against Kolkata Knight Riders on Super Sunday, has praised his bowlers following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 48-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. (Warner credits bowlers after SRH annihilate KKR)
Warner powered his way to 126 off just 59 balls, laced with 10 fours and eight sixes, to help the defending champions post a massive 209/3 in their Indian Premier League clash against the two-time champions.
Bowling has been Hyderabad’s strength for a few seasons now, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar spearheading the pace battery. (Yuvraj miffed after Uthappa pushes Kaul)
The franchise has also invested in the young fast bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan this season and it has returned good dividends. (Match highlights)
On Sunday night again, Siraj and Kaul bowled brilliantly and removed a free-scoring Sunil Narine and skipper Gautam Gambhir respectively to reduce KKR to 12/2.
However, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey attacked from the word go and shared a 78-run stand off 51 balls for the third wicket. But Siraj and Kaul held their nerves and kept tightening the noose before Bhuvneshwar broke the dangerous partnership when caught and bowled Pandey for 39.
Pandey’s departure did not deter Uthappa who just attacked every bowler and slammed his 22nd fifty in the IPL. The required rate kept mounting and Siraj was called back to bowl the 13th over. He bowled a widish delivery, Uthappa chased it and holed out to Warner at long off.
Siraj and Kaul both finished with identical two for 26 from their four overs to restrict KKR to 161/7. Bhuvneshwar too bagged a couple to take his tally to 20 wickets and remain the leading wicket-taker this season.
“Siraj is learning on the go and that is what we expect. It is fantastic. That is the quality of this Sunrisers unit. We are not harsh critics but we allow the guys to get chances and the way he has come out and taken his chances is fantastic,” Warner said at a post match chat with VVS Laxman on iplt20.com.
Warner was also pleased to have Bhuvneshwar in the team.
“It is great to have Bhuvneshwar Kumar there always talking to him. An experienced bowler like Bhuvi is of great help and a sign on immense gratitude towards the younger bowlers. I can’t fault any of them for the way they have played. Still early days in the tournament but they are doing an extremely good job and I am proud of them,” he said.
RAGS TO RICHES
Right-arm pacer Siraj bagged a whopping Rs 2.6 crore deal with Hyderabad at the auction in February. His dream is to buy a house for his father Mohammed Ghaus and mother Shabana Begum in a good Hyderabad locality.
Son of an auto rickshaw driver, Siraj starred for Hyderabad in the last Ranji Trophy season with 41 wickets. Thanks to a brilliant first-class season, Siraj had also got India A and Rest of India call-ups before IPL auction happened.
After becoming a million-dollar star, the 23-year-old shared his story when he first received a prize money of Rs 500 for his excellent bowling performance in a club match.
“I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25-over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj said.