Asia Cup 2023: WATCH- ‘Jo dimaag mai plan kiya, waise hi hua’- Mohammed Siraj on his record bowling performance in final

Kuldeep Yadav talked about his own Player of the Series performance in Asia Cup 2023.

Mohammed SIraj | GettyIndia pacer Mohammed Siraj was over the moon as he played a crucial role in Men in Blue winning the Asia Cup 2023 tournament. India defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in a one-sided domination in Colombo on Sunday.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka was bundled for 50 runs with Mohammed Siraj picking 6/21 and Hardik Pandya taking 3/3. In reply, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan overhauled the target in 6.1 overs to give India a 10-wicket win and their 8th Asia Cup title.

Mohammed Siraj was named the Player of the Match and during his record 6/21, he had taken four wickets in an over, becoming the first Indian and fourth bowler overall to achieve this feat.

Speaking about the same to Kuldeep Yadav in a new BCCI video, Siraj explained the latest weapon in his arsenal and how it helped him claim a fifth wicket. His fifth wicket was that of Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka, who tried to flick a straight ball to mid-wicket, but the ball swung enough to smash into his off-stump.  

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In West Indies, I my outswing from wide of the crease was going well, so I tried the inswing from wide of the crease. Jo dimag mey plan kiya wo perfect….same waise hi hua (It all went as I had planned it). It was my best wicket to date.

To be honest today’s spell was magical. I have never thought that I would bowl such a spell. Last time in Sri Lanka, when we played in Trivandrum I bagged four wickets in four overs but I didn’t get that fifth wicket. In two matches we played here, I was bowling well, beating the edge but was not finding the edges,” Siraj said.

The first ball I bowled and when I released the ball I got swing. I thought that on this wicket you don’t need to hit the deck, you just had to release the ball at one spot. That was my plan,” Siraj added.

Kuldeep Yadav | GettyWhile Siraj was the player of the match for India, Kuldeep Yadav finished the Asia Cup as the player of the tournament. The left-arm wrist spinner clinched nine wickets in the competition, including a fifer against Pakistan.

Kuldeep told Siraj, “I also read wickets like you. For me length is important. I am also trying to read batters mind and what is he trying to anticipate. I am using my wrong un and flipper while using the crease. I have got confidence with this rhythm.”

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Kuldeep would also share details on his wrong’un.

I have worked well (on it) for the past one and half years. I am in a very good rhythm. When I started I was not getting the rhythm but now everything is smooth. I am getting then perfect speed as well,” he added.

Kuldeep would conclude by stating, “The way you bowled in the final. You deserved all the wickets.”

Here is the video:



By Jatin Sharma - 18 Sep, 2023

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