IND vs ENG: Captain Virat Kohli has praised fast bowler Mohammad Siraj, who created panic by taking 11 wickets in the first two Test matches against England. Kohli says the pacer’s confidence has reached a level where he can dismiss any batsman at any point in the game. Siraj, the youngest member of the fast bowling quartet comprising Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma, has surprised everyone with his performance.
What did Virat Kohli say
Kohli said in an online press conference on the eve of the third Test, “I am not surprised to see Siraj at all, because I have seen him closely. He is a player who has always had skill. It took confidence to give, gave him that confidence in the Australia series.” “When he comes out on the field, he knows he can get anyone out at any time and his confidence in his game has reached a new level,” the captain said.
Kohli said Siraj’s confidence has made him aggressive. He said, “I am very happy to see him painted in his colours, he will become such a bowler who will play eye to eye and try to get players out and who is not afraid, he will not back down.”
Also appreciated Rohit and Rahul
Kohli also praised openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul and hoped that their good form would continue. Rohit has so far scored 36, 12, 83 and 21 runs in four innings of two Tests while Rahul has contributed 84, 26, 129 and five runs.
Kohli said, “The combination of the opening pair is one of the most important aspects when you play on foreign soil. So the way Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma have performed is fantastic and we hope they do the same. Will continue to play.”
Kohli said that the kind of wicket he got at Lord’s, he expected a different kind of wicket. “We were surprised to see the kind of pitch it was, to be honest, I didn’t expect it and I thought there would be more grass,” he said.
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