Veteran Indian pace bowler Mohammed Siraj has witnessed a great rise to the top. Ranked second in the ICC Men’s ODI bowling rankings, Siraj’s talent with the ball is able to leave a mark in world cricket as well. However, like many ace players in world cricket, Siraj also saw his rise through the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he made his IPL debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad who roped him in for INR 2.5 crore in the 2017 IPL auction and recently, he recalled his very first memories with Hyderabad and his debut ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Hyderabad in the IPL 2023 on Thursday, May 18.
“I was selected for the first time in 2017 for SRH, I had not played the opening matches. After six matches, I got an opportunity when Tom Moody called me and asked, “Where are you mate?” and I told him “I am home” and he said you are playing today. At that moment, I didn’t know what was happening to me. I immediately headed back to the Stadium and made my debut against the Delhi Capitals,” Mohammed Siraj said in a video posted by RCB on their YouTube channel.
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Mohammed Siraj has come a long way since his IPL debut, where he claimed 16 wickets in 12 matches. However, he has been the spearhead of RCB’s pace attack and constantly improving too.
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“It was my first time playing in front of a packed stadium. I was so nervous. I can’t express the pressure I was feeling, my body had become heavy, when running I felt like my legs got heavy that I got hit for three fours in a row, but in the fourth ball I got a wicket, so the pressure was released,” Mohammed Siraj concluded.