Indian opener Shubman Gill emerged as the standout performer in the recently concluded series between India and New Zealand. After breaking a record-breaking double barrel in the series opener, opener Gill put on his fourth century in the third One Day International (ODI) against the Black Caps at Indore on Tuesday. At a time when the cricket fraternity is busy singing the praises of the Indian opener, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has turned the spotlight on one of Gill’s teammates.
Reflecting on India’s victory over New Zealand after the 3rd ODI at Indore, former cricketer Manjrekar spoke at length about the meteoric rise of Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj. Speed trader Siraj supplies the goods for Team India in the absence of pace ace Jasprit Bumrah and has become Rohit Sharma’s go-to bowler in the World Cup year.
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Former Indian batsman Manjrekar gave credit where credit was due, pointing out that Siraj was barely mentioned at the post-match ceremony. “In the game after the game he was hardly mentioned. It was hardly talked about. But yes, if I have to look at 1 player who shows great promise. A player whose growth has been phenomenal. I have used this term many times. He looks currently out as a complete seam bowler. And that says a lot about any artist and not just this format. Also in T20Is and Test matches,” said Manjrekar Star sports.
As India took an unassailable lead over the Black Caps in Raipur, pacer Siraj was rested for the third ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday. Pacer Siraj took five wickets in two games against the Black Caps. “Shubman Gill got double a hundred and a hundred. But if you look at the quality and against the toughest opponent in the world – big pressure match. Mohammed Siraj is someone India found, who will be there when India needs him.” added Manjrekar.