Important to manage and keep him fresh for Australia Tests and World Cup: Improved Siraj impresses Rohit | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: All set to appear in his first ODI at his home in Hyderabad against New Zealand on Wednesday, Mohammed Siraj received praise from his captain Rohit SharmaPeople are impressed with the tremendous improvement of pacemakers over the past few years.
In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, an ‘improved’ Siraj emerged and played a key role in India’s home ODI series win over Sri Lanka.
Having won nine catches in three games, Siraj is the top catcher in the series and averages an impressive 10.22.
Rohit, ahead of the opening game of the series against the Kiwis, raved about Siraj saying the 28-year-old was the player of the day against Sri Lanka.
The captain mentioned that Siraj needs care and will be important to the team in the upcoming Test series against Australia and ODI . World Cup at home in October-November end of this year.
“He is a very important player for us. He has improved his ball and length a lot in the last two years. Now we are seeing his excellence. He’s not famous for his spin but he did it against Sri Lanka. It would be great for the team if he could do it with the new ball consistently,” Rohit said.
“Now he understands his bowling better, which is an important thing in my opinion. He also knows what the team wants from him. All in all, he has become an athlete. He’s a very good pitcher for us. He can catch the ball in every stage and we need pitchers like him. We need to manage him and keep him fresh for the World Cup. as well as the upcoming matches against Australia,” added the captain.
Siraj will be part of the ODI series against New Zealand but has been given a break for the T20Is against the Kiwis as the Australian test 4 series will begin shortly thereafter from 9 February.


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