The story of fast bowler Mohammed Siraj is nothing short of a fairy tale. The 28-year-old has come a long way from being cheated by fans for not getting wickets and high savings in IPL matches to being number 1 bowler in ODIs. He was the most successful Indian bowler in the 50-over format in 2022, scalping 24 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 4.62. And he has continued the good show in 2023 as well, leading the bowling attack for the Men in Blue. In the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in January 2023, Siraj emerged as the highest wicket-taker between both teams by taking nine wickets.
As Siraj became only the third Indian bowler to be ranked world number 1 in ODIs after Jasprit Bumrah and Kapil Dev, teammate Suryakumar Yadav praised him on Instagram. Suryakumar posted a photo of Siraj tagged No.1 ODI bowler and wrote “Kya baat hai, Magic”.
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No doubt Siraj has become a consistent performer and a vital cog in the bowling attack for Team India. He picked five wickets in two matches in the recently concluded series against New Zealand and was the second most successful bowler between both teams.
Interestingly, Suryakumar is currently the number 1 T20I batsman and was also awarded as the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2022 on Wednesday. The right-handed batsman had hit 1164 runs in 31 matches last year at an incredible average of 46.56 in the shortes format. During his blitzkrieg hits, Suryakumar had hit 68 sixes – the most of any T20I batter in a year.
“It’s a great feeling and 2022 has been great for me. From a personal point of yours – I really enjoyed a few strokes I played that year. And if I had to pick one knock that I feel was special and very close to me, it would be my first hundred for my country. Because the first hundred is always special. Hopefully many more hits will follow. Thank you,” Suryakumar told ICC after accepting the Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award.