Mohammed Siraj is the man behind the improved power play numbers of RCB in IPL 2023.
In the roller coaster season 4 of Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the biggest positives has been their power play bowling. From the season 2022, where they considered 8.46 runs and over and took a wicket every thirty balls, which were the worst figures in that edition, in this tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore have become the fiercest bowling side with the new ball. They have taken 22 wickets in nine matches at an economy rate of 7.3 and a strike rate of 14.7, which are the best figures of this season 2023.
Among the 14 bowlers in last season who delivered at least 20 overs, Mohammad Siraj’s economy rate with the new ball was 10.23, which was the worst, while his strike rate was 37.200, which was only better than Bhubaneswar Kumar. But Siraj put all those long behind and scripted himself as a magnificent turn around in white ball cricket.
Former fast bowler of Indian Cricket Team RP Singh, who is an IPL expert, explained that the series has been reaping the rewards of working mainly on his fitness and making technical changes to his bowling. He said, “I have been following Siraj for a long time now. When he joined the Indian team, his graph was really high, and then slowly it started falling. But it is good to see that he has worked on a lot of things this time, fitness being a major point. Now if you look at the technical bit, he has worked a lot on his wrist position and follow through, for which he is getting the ball to bounce better and is also bowling stump-to-stump.”
He also said that series can be a replacement for bumrah, and I even feel that if his graph continues to increase, he can also be the next Mohammed Shami. “