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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 23:50 IST

'He’s got tremendous skill': Legendary South African pacer showers praise on Mohammed Siraj

Impressed by his performance against South Africa in the 2nd and final Test of the series, a former South African pacer praises Mohammed Siraj.

Reported by: Prateek Arya
Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj | Image:AP
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South African legend Allan Donald lauded Mohammed Siraj as a revelation following India's victory in the Cape Town Test. Siraj was outstanding in the second Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. His superb bowling, characterized by precise line and length, gave him career-best figures of 6-15, destroying South Africa's batting lineup for just 55 runs.

3 things you need to know

  • Mohammed Siraj picked up a 6 wicket haul in the 2nd Test against South Africa
  • India won the match by 7 wickets
  • Siraj was adjudged the man of the match

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Alan Donald lavishes praise on Mohammed Siraj

Siraj's phenomenal spell was critical to India's domination on the first day, and it contributed considerably to the historic victory. His efforts proved to be vital for Team India in earning its first Test victory at Newlands after seven attempts, and he was adjudged the Player of the Match for taking a total of 7 scalps in the match.

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Speaking to Sportstar, Donald said he was impressed with the attitude of the Indian pacer and recalled when he first got the sight of Siraj.
"Yes, absolutely. I’ve taken great care in watching India bring through some young quicks and the one that has just taken six for 15 (Mohammed Siraj in the first innings of the Cape Town Test) is a revelation."
"I think when I was in Bangladesh, and when India played a Test series there and in Dhaka, the way he (Siraj) ran in every single ball was good to see. I think he’s got such a great attitude. He’s got tremendous skill and a massive heart."
"We always talk about this white line fever, and this guy for me, just doesn’t take a backward step."

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Donald on Bumrah-Siraj partnership

Donald went on to praise Siraj and Bumrah in tandem, calling it  absolutely ”sublime" after both men took six-wicket hauls in the Cape Town Test respectively.

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"And I think, partnering up with Jasprit Bumrah, and the two of them are just sublime, absolutely sublime. I know more and more will come through in India. There are many still sitting back home and knocking on the door. It’s fantastic," said Donald. 

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 20:58 IST

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