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Mohammed Siraj: India’s Rising Star – Mohammad Kaif hails pacer as biggest positive for team

On Sunday, January 15, India sealed a 3-0 series victory against Sri Lanka with their largest-ever one-day international (ODI) victory by runs. The hosts trounced the Islanders by a massive 317 runs while protecting a massive 390 runs. Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif said that bowler Mohammed Siraj was India’s best asset during the three-match series.

The centurions, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli, dominated India’s batting innings. Following Gill’s 97-ball 116, Kohli scored a beautiful century and went on to stay undefeated for a 110-ball 166 at the conclusion of India’s 50-over quota. But Siraj was outstanding throughout the series, finishing as the best wicket-taker with nine scalps at an average of 10.22 and a great economy of 4.05.

India claimed the series early by winning the first two games, but the whitewash was completed on Sunday. Siraj stole the show in the second innings, taking four wickets in the powerplay to put the visitors in difficulty. He fired the whole ruling class, including Avishka Fernando, Nuwaindu Fernando, and Kusal Mendis.

Siraj eventually got Wanindu Hasaranga out to finish with his best bowling statistics of 4/32 in 10 overs. Apart from applauding Siraj for his heroics, Kaif also said that the Men in Blue need to improve their death bowling in the white-ball format since India presently lacks a specialist bowler for the last few overs owing to Jasprit Bumrah’s injury.