Siraj played an important role New Zealand was dismissed for 62 in his first innings as he took three top-order wickets in quick succession in his opening spell on the second day of the second Test.
When asked about the delivery to Taylor, Siraj said, “The plan was that we had prepared the ground for an inswing delivery and the aim was to hit the pads, but the way I was building my rhythm, I had Thought why not bowl outswing. It was a dream delivery for any fast bowler.”
Siraj had spread his net during the first T20 International against New Zealand in Jaipur and has since been ruled out. Senior pacer Ishant Sharma was overlooked when he got a chance in the opening Test at Kanpur.
“When I resumed training after an injury, I bowled a lot of single wickets with the aim of getting more swing. That was my focus.
The Hyderabad pacer, who bowled a bouncer of over 147 kmph to get out, “Whenever I get a chance in a Test match, I have to hit one area consistently and that helps me build my momentum. ” Tom Latham, said.
His basic effort has always been to allow the batsmen to play as many deliveries as possible and that is why he bowls from the stump line and not outside the off-stump.
“I wanted to pitch it on the stumps and hit an area consistently because it creates problems for the batsmen. If you start bowling outside the off-stump then the batsmen start skipping deliveries.”
He knew the spinners would bowl long spells on this track and decided that whatever the length of his spell, he would bow down completely, as he did during those four overs.
“I knew I would get 3-4 overs of spell and wanted to bowl with full intensity,” he concluded.