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I took help from Steyn during IPL for bowling out-swingers: Siraj

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has been quite impressive in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series so far. He made his Test debut in the second Test at the MCG. He brought the best out of himself in the first innings of MCG Test when he took 2 wickets to his name.

He continued his good form in the second innings as he accounted for 3 dismissals. Overall, he ended the Test with 5 wickets on his memorable debut match. Siraj drew praises from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his bowling masterclass.

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Siraj was one of the important bowlers who helped India dismantle Australia’s batting line-up in the second Test match. India beat Australia by 8 wickets to level the series. Currently, both the teams are playing against each other in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 26-year-old pacer made the headlines ahead of the third Test when he got emotional during the national anthem where he wiped away his tears. The video of the same went viral on social media platforms.

I took help from Steyn during IPL: Siraj

Siraj also continued his good form in the third Test. He provided a great start to the game by getting rid of David Warner. Meanwhile, the fast bowler addressed the reporters in the virtual press conference at the end of Day 1 of the SCG Test. During the live conference, he revealed how he worked hard on bowling outswingers during lockdown.

He further added saying that he took help from South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn during IPL. Now he said he feels quite confident bowling outswingers with ease.

“I worked really hard on bowling outswingers during lockdown just like I did for India A. As I didn’t know how to bowl it well, I even took help from Dale Steyn during IPL, and now I feel confident bowling them,” Mohammed Siraj added.

Siraj also revealed that bouncers didn’t work well from the pitch. “We knew that Pucovski had his issues against short-stuff as we saw in the warm-up game where he had got concussed. And today as well, we tried to bowl few bouncers here and there as he wasn’t leaving them instead trying to play them.

But, the wicket was very flat, and the ball was coming on to bat easily, so we didn’t want to try a lot as it’s very easy to bat. The bouncers also didn’t get much aid from the pitch,” the 26-year-old explained.

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