One does not usually see a skipper use 4 slips in the limited over formats. It is even rarer in Indian conditions, especially on a pitch where a team has almost made 400 in an ODI.
But during the final ODI on January 15, Rohit Sharma opted for such an aggressive field as Mohammed Siraj was making the lives of the Sri Lankan batters miserable.
Siraj was in great form in the 1st 2 ODIs and then produced his best in the 3rd. Siraj’s first spell scripted the downfall of the tourists. He got the ball away from the batters, make it hold its line and bring it back in as well.
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Siraj recorded his best figures of 4/32 and was the top-wicket-taker in the series with nine scalps. The pacer credits his success to his ploy of attacking the batter in his opening burst.
“My plan was to take as many wickets as possible with the new ball and put the opposition under pressure. Even if I concede boundaries, I am okay with it as long as I am able to claim a couple of wickets and put the opposition on the back foot,” he said, as per TOI.
“The seam position I use is for a natural outswinger. When I use the wobble seam, the ball position tilts towards the fine leg. I try to hit the deck hard when I use wobbled seam because it is more effective,” Siraj Added.
“If I execute my line and length properly, it will be difficult for batsmen to hit. Whether it is Tests, T20Is or ODIs, if you keep bowling in the right areas, rewards will come,” he went on to say.
The wobble-seam delivery where the ball can be unpredictable is proving to reap dividends for Siraj.