Mohammed Siraj, a right-arm fast bowler, claimed on Thursday that his strategy of bowling continuously from one location paid off handsomely for him in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram. At the conclusion of their first innings on the second day on Thursday, the Indian bowling team, led by left-arm spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4/33) and Siraj (3/14), had reduced Bangladesh to 133 for 8. India’s first innings score was 404. Siraj claimed that his success was due to his accurate line and length bowling. “Because the red ball is all about focusing on line and length, I’m more reliable at it. The bowlers deserve all the credit “During the post-second day of the play press conference, he added.
“My approach was to bowl consistently at one place because it is such a wicket that if you try more there are chances to leak runs. My only plan was to hit one spot and got successful.” The 28-year-old said a fast bowler needs to bowl stump-to-stump to get success in five-day cricket.
“I think the more you bowl stump line is better because sometimes it is getting lower from there as well as turning. For a fast bowler, it is better to bowl stump line because then you can have LBW chances,” he said. The speedster claimed that he chose the option after learning that Siraj frequently bowls with a wobble seam four years after his deliveries began coming in. “In 2018, my balls stopped coming inside, I started bowling outswingers more. I got confused about why balls are not coming in and at that time I discovered wobble seam because it is difficult for a batter to tackle an outswing that comes in.
“Wobble seam is a type of an off-cutter and I got success with that,” he said. Ravichandran Ashwin (58), Kuldeep (40), and Umesh Yadav (15 not out) all put up commendable performances to help India surpass the 400-run threshold in the first innings. “Runs from the lower order is always good for the team, so everyone is showing interest in practice sessions. They (lower-order batters) want to do well,” Siraj said.