Mohammed Siraj becomes No.1 ODI bowler

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25 Jan 2023 | 09:22 AM
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Mohammed Siraj becomes No.1 ODI bowler

Over the last 12 months, Siraj has gone from strength to strength for the Men in Blue

India’s pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj has now been named as the No.1 ODI bowler in ICC’s latest rankings. Siraj only made his return to the ODI setup in February after three years of hiatus from the 50-over format. 

But the right-arm pacer has established himself one of the best bowlers in the world, with 37 wickets from 20 matches. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Siraj was named in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year, and a day later, the pacer went past Trent Boult and Josh Hazlewood to become the No.1 bowler in the 50-over format. 

“About Siraj, I have spoken a lot about him. The more cricket he’s played, the better he has got. It is all about understanding your own game and Siraj has done exactly that in the last two years in whichever format he has played. To take the new ball, swing it and pick up important wickets. He’s bowled well in the middle-overs as well. The more he plays, the better he gets,” Rohit said about Siraj after the third ODI. 

India’s bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey also spoke about the pacer, tracking his journey over the last 12 months in the Indian colours. 

“I have seen him from the India A set-up. He did exceedingly well with the red ball. He used to get the ball in but has worked on his seam position to get the ball away. He is a very important member of the team not only for the World Cup but beyond that as well,” Mhambrey said. 

Shubman Gill, who had an outstanding ODI series both against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, with three centuries in two series, jumping 20 places to become the sixth-best ODI batter. Rohit Sharma, who scored a century jumped two places to equal eight.

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