I immediately knew he's going to have a good Test career: Dale Steyn on Mohammed Siraj
The Virat Kohli-led India side will lock horns with Joe Root’s England in a five-match Test series. With plenty of good bowling resources available, several cricket pundits believe this is India’s best opportunity to win a Test series in England.
In a column for ESPN Cricinfo, South Africa cricketer Dale Steyn talked about the Indian pace bowling attack ahead of the Test series. He is highly impressed with the fast bowling options Team India have at their disposal. Underlining the significance of fitness, the Protea pacer claimed that the Indian pacers must maintain their fitness in order to be effective in the English conditions.
“I like what they have got right now. All those bowlers bring something different to the party. My advice is to stay fit. Five Test matches - that requires a lot of bowling. It's a lot of wickets to take, and if you're going to rely on your seamers to do a lot of bowling, you have to stay fit," Dale Steyn wrote.
Of all the pacers, he lavished heavy praise on Mohammed Siraj. The 38-year-old reckons Siraj has all the tools in his armour to succeed in Test cricket. In addition to that, he also expressed that the Indian pacer brings the perfect attitude to Test cricket, a factor that is rarely discussed.
“I think he brings a good attitude to the game. That’s another thing we tend to forget when you’re playing in English conditions. It’s not just about where you put the ball but also the attitude you bring, getting in people’s faces, making them play shots they don’t particularly want to play. I think Siraj is somebody who can do that. I saw parts of that little bit of fight when he played in Australia and I immediately knew he's going to have a good Test career," Steyn added.
The Hyderabad-born pacer has thus far played 5 Tests for Team India, scalping 16 wickets at an average of 28.25. He was undoubtedly one of the main architects of India's historic series victory over Australia earlier this year. Following his strong performances in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the Indian Premier League, Mohammed Siraj will be eager to carry that form into the Test series against England.