Sri Lanka Tour of India; in the glare of the wobbling ball, Siraj thrives

Jan 16, 2023

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Mohammed Siraj felt the need to reposition the ball into the right-handers during the final IPL season. He was becoming predictable with his bowling because he had just outswing left in his arsenal. As a result, he had his worst season ever in terms of economy and average, and he even broke the unwelcome record for most sixes allowed in a season.

The year 2023 feels like a completely different era in Siraj’s career. By taking wickets with the new ball game after game, he is virtually solely to blame for India’s revival with the ball in the PowerPlay overs. He has regained some of his confidence, and he has improved the wobble ball. The same delivery served as the foundation for his 4-for-32 performance against Sri Lanka in the third ODI.

Siraj remarked following India’s historic victory in Thiruvananthapuram, He used to get innate inswing but he lacked it, therefore he created outswing and concentrated on the wobbling seam delivery.  It took a long time for him to become effective and gain confidence in it. He put in a lot of work in the nets, and during the IPL, he gained confidence in his ability to bowl. When he was not getting good outswing during the IPL, he also spoke to Dale Steyn; hence, the wobble seam also benefited him at that time.

He believed he should work on his white-ball abilities when he did not have a solid IPL. He did that, and when he won a few good matches, he gained confidence. Since Siraj has stopped worrying about his performance, he has benefited. Siraj concentrates on completing every ball. He should maintain consistent lengths and lines regardless of whether he gets wickets or not.

How can he overcome the lack of an in-swinger by bowling the wobbling ball? 

He holds the ball in an out swinging motion by nature. He truly hits the deck when he bowls a jumbled seam, tilting it little into fine leg. When he bowls the wobble ball, he does not bowl a loopy delivery.

Siraj and the batter are unsure of the direction the ball will travel in the wobbling seam. Sometimes it travels straight, and other times it travels in a lateral direction. Siraj achieved his accomplishment by using the wobbling seam. It has worked well for him and is effective.

Siraj has the highest total of wickets for both teams in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, finishing with nine. The fact that the series was played on excellent batting wickets stands out.

Siraj narrowly fell short of a first-ever five-wicket haul in a white-ball international match that evening. Mohammed Shami and Shreyas Iyer both rolled their arms over to assist him in getting to the milestone, but he was unable to reach it. There was nothing, though, that could match to the last ball of his stint, which trapped Kasun Rajitha on the back pad and caused the umpire to point, only for the DRS to end all of that.

India will take as many four-wicket hauls from Siraj as they can give the way he is bowling this year, especially with a World Cup match scheduled to be played at home. Furthermore, “the four wickets are all his and the fifers will come too,” as his captain Rohit Sharma declared following the game.

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