Chennai: Emerging fast bowler Mohammad Siraj is ready to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities to make his dream of becoming the highest wicket-taker for India. The 27-year-old fast bowler has played five Tests, one ODIs and three T20 Internationals for India since his debut in the shortest format of the game against New Zealand in November 2017. Siraj, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, said he wanted to play in all three formats and attributed his success to fellow fast bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
Siraj said in the video put on the official Twitter handle of RCB that Jasprit Bumrah used to stand behind me whenever I bowled. He told me to stick to your basics and not need to do anything extra. It was good to learn from an experienced player like him. I have also played with Ishant Sharma, he has played 100 Tests. Feeling good sharing a dressing room with them. My dream is to become the highest wicket-taker for India and I will work hard whenever I get a chance.
Siraj, who has taken 39 wickets in 35 IPL matches so far, said that when he first joined the team, his morale had dropped but after a good performance against Kolkata Knight Riders, he was filled with confidence. Siraj said that he would continue to bowl aggressively after receiving good response from RCB batting consultant Sanjay Bangar. Siraj has been in good shape since his debut in Australia in December last year. The visit was quite emotional for Siraj as his father had passed away during his isolation in Australia.
On the relationship with India's bowling coach Bharat Arun, Siraj said that Arun Sir treats me as a son. Whenever I talk to them my morale increases. When he was in Hyderabad, he always told me to concentrate on the line and the length. I want to play in all three formats for India. Whenever I get a chance, I want to give my 100 percent and take advantage of it with both hands.