IPL 2024
Mohammed Siraj says bowlers helpless amid IPL 2024 run-fests
By SMCS - Apr 30, 2024 9:20 am
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RCB pace bowler Mohammed Siraj said that bowlers have nothing to do in the IPL 2024 season, expressing disappointment about teams posting 250-plus in almost every match as well. Siraj also said the small boundaries and flatter pitches are making it tough for bowlers in the season. Siraj’s comments came after RCB successfully chased down a 201-run target in just 16 overs against Gujarat Titans as well.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj

“The level of cricket has gone extremely high. Every second game, you see scores of 250-260 in the IPL. But, this was not the case in the past. Very rarely have we seen scores of 250 or more in the previous seasons. But, every second match, a huge score is scored,” Mohammed Siraj told the press. “Bowlers have no help. The boundaries are small. On top of that, these are flat wickets. In the past, there was swing with the new ball. That too is not happening now. It has changed a lot. For bowlers, the mantra is ‘keep playing, keep getting hit’.”

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However, only once between 2008 and 2023 was a 260-plus total posted in the IPL as well. However, the 2024 season has only witnessed totals above 260 as many as 7 times so far as well. Meanwhile, RCB conceded the highest-ever total in IPL history when SunRisers Hyderabad posted 287 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, weeks after they hit 277 against MI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad as well.

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“We (Bowlers) have to believe. For me especially, I have seen a lot of ups and downs in life. I believe that if I get hit in a match, I can bounce back in the next. I always look to bounce back and never give up. The game has gone to a level such that if I get hit even after bowling a good delivery, I don’t have a problem. I haven’t bowled badly in the tournament. (A bowler conceding) 40 runs has become normal. In the past, it was like ‘Oh no, he has given 40 runs in 4 overs’. But, 40 runs have become normal,” Mohammed Siraj concluded.