India’s pace sensation, Mohammed Siraj, with 68 wickets in his 23 Test appearances since his debut three years ago in Australia, has expressed skepticism about England’s renowned ‘Bazball’ strategy thriving in Indian conditions.
In an exclusive chat with ‘Jio Cinema’ on the eve of the opening Test, Siraj predicted that the ultra-aggressive batting approach, coined after Test team head coach Brendon McCullum, might lead to a swift conclusion of the match within a day-and-a-half or two.
Siraj emphasized the challenges of playing ‘Bazball’ on sub-continental tracks, citing the unpredictable turn and bounce that Indian pitches offer. “It’s not easy to hit every time here as the ball turns sometimes and straightens on other occasions,” Siraj remarked, hinting at the potential struggles England might face with their aggressive style.
The 29-year-old fast bowler recalled his successful outings against England in the previous series, highlighting the importance of patience and building pressure on batsmen. He shared insights into his preparation strategy, stating, “The aim will be to control runs in however many overs I bowl. If I get wickets, fine, but I’ll have to stay patient and continue building pressure on the batsmen.”
Siraj, who remains consistent with his line and length regardless of the format or conditions, credits his success to hitting the right spot consistently. “I bowl with the new ball, so my line and length remain the same. Whether it’s the white ball or the red ball, you have to pitch it up to get wickets,” he explained.
As England gears up for a challenging five-Test series against India, Siraj’s confidence in countering the ‘Bazball’ strategy adds an intriguing element to the upcoming matches. With his focus on maintaining consistency, Siraj stands poised to play a pivotal role in India’s quest for success in the series.