IPL 2022 was not kind to Mohammed Siraj, as it was to a few other elite Indian players. The 28-year-old was blasted for 31 sixes in 15 games, the most by any bowler in the tournament’s history, despite collecting just nine wickets at an expensive economy rate of 10.07.
In an interview with TOI on the sidelines of filmmaker Neeraj Pandey’s docu-series ‘Bandon mein tha dum’ on India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia in 2020-21, the fast bowler, who has 36 wickets in 13 Tests at a strike rate of 29.63, claims that “one IPL doesn’t change (perception) about Mohammed Siraj.” He’s eager to get back on his feet now.
It’s in the nature of records to be broken. When it comes to the IPL, I set a record by bowling two maidens and taking three wickets. That record has been unbroken up to this point. That’s not how I look at things. I agree that my performance hasn’t been stellar this year. When I did so well with the white ball the previous two years, it was also Siraj, and this is also Siraj. Siraj’s reputation isn’t changed by one IPL performance. I’m confident that I’ll make a comeback. I’m confident in my abilities.
‘You have the potential, work on it,’ Virat bhai said. Don’t get too worked up about your inability to perform adequately. Everyone’s life has its ups and downs. Simply stay in the moment. Simply concentrate on your performance and maintain your confidence in knowing what to bowl in which situation.
The IPL provides a fantastic platform for up-and-coming players. I’m overjoyed to see so many young people bowling at 140 kilometres per hour and swinging the ball. It feels wonderful because I’ve been down this road before. I just want to encourage them to pursue their goals. They must focus on enjoying the game rather than worrying about their performance. Concentrate solely on the upcoming match, fitness, and line and length.
Gabba. We played some fantastic cricket, and it was a privilege for me to take my first five-wicket haul (5-73 in the second innings). It will be memorable for me because my father died away just a few days prior, and I was able to fulfil his wish. The Lord’s victory (he took 4-94 and 4-32) was also noteworthy because we only had 60 overs to finish them out. Gabba’s victory, on the other hand, is my favourite, not because I won a fiver, but because everyone did well.