Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has heaped praise on Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj for his exceptional performance in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka. De Villiers, who played alongside Siraj for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), lauded Siraj’s relentless attitude and competitive spirit on his show “360 with AB de Villiers.”
In the Asia Cup final, Siraj bowled a devastating spell, which played a pivotal role in India’s victory. He bowled out Sri Lanka for just 50 runs in 15.2 overs, securing India’s triumph in the tournament. Siraj’s remarkable performance not only clinched the Asia Cup for India but also propelled him to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers.
De Villiers highlighted Siraj’s unwavering attitude and tenacity as his standout qualities. He emphasized that Siraj’s relentless approach and constant pressure on the batsmen make him a remarkable fast bowler.
“What stands out with him is his attitude. Your attitude can uplift you if you never give up. Mohammad Siraj is one of those players. He always keeps coming back, always in your face. The bowlers I respect the most are the ones who never give up, always compete for every ball, and are in your face. That’s what Mohammad Siraj does,” AB de Villiers said.
AB de Villiers praised Siraj’s aggressive bowling style, highlighting his ability to challenge batsmen and create opportunities for his team. He mentioned Siraj’s memorable over in the Asia Cup final, where he took four wickets, turning the game in India’s favor.
“He’s not scared of trying his short ball. He’s there in the batter’s face, always trying to get you out. The batter can feel that. Sri Lanka certainly felt that in the final. What stands out is he keeps trying, he’s always in your face. His attitude is spot-on for a fast bowler. Congratulations, India. Congratulations, Siraj, with those final figures. Simply incredible. And then we saw that incredible over. Wicket, dot, wicket, wicket, four runs, and another wicket. That broke the back of the Sri Lankan batters,” AB de Villiers remarked.
AB de Villiers’ admiration for Mohammed Siraj’s relentless attitude and competitive spirit underscores the impact of the Indian fast bowler’s performance in the Asia Cup final and his rapid rise in international cricket.