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Kohli showed faith in my ability and retained me in RCB when I couldn’t perform: Siraj



Kohli showed faith in my ability and retained me in RCB when I couldn’t perform: Siraj

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has been in the form of his life for quite some time now. He performed well in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The pacer hit the deck hard and picked up crucial wickets when it mattered the most.

His performances helped him earn a place in the Indian Test team. The Hyderabad pacer made his Test debut in the second match of the four-match Test series against Australia. He ended up as India’s leading wicket-taker as he took 13 wickets to his name.

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The right-arm pacer maintained a pretty good average of 29.53. He showcased his true colours when he chipped in with a maiden five-wicket haul against the Aussies in the series decider at The Gabba. He continued to carry his good form in the 14th edition of the IPL and ripped through the opposition batting line-up with a combination of pace and lethal yorkers.

Siraj credits Indian captain Virat Kohli

There is absolutely no doubt that Siraj faced struggled in his life. During those tough moments, it was captain Kohli who always showed faith in Siraj’s ability. The pacer has also credited the 32-year-old skipper for always backing him through and through and assisting him to hit the peak of his career.

“Virat Bhai is always there. When I couldn’t perform well in the IPL two years back, he showed faith in my ability. He retained me in RCB and I am grateful for this,” he told ABP Bengali.

Siraj also spoke about his difficulties during the early days of his career. The 27-year-old pacer said that a few years ago, he used to own a Bajaj Platina bike. Even today, he still has that bike with him. He also explained why he still maintains that bike.

“I still possess the decayed Bajaj Platina Bike. It was not in good condition when I used to ride it in my early cricketing days. It doesn’t have a self-start or even a kick. I had to run with it a few steps to start the engine. It helped me to reach the ground on time. But the vehicle was very embarrassing for me,” the 27-year-old said.

“Whenever I played a match at Hyderabad, after practice or at the end of the match, I waited for my teammates to leave the stadium with their cars before I started my familiar struggle to start the bike. Now I have expensive cars. But I still hold that Platina Bike as this is a symbol of my struggle and it encourages me to bowl at my best,” he further remarked.

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