Cricket News: Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes many bowlers have had a tumultuous relationship with the NCA and physiotherapists, and that fitness and mental strength are crucial for any player’s success on the highest stage. The 42-year-old veteran, who has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, discussed how physical proficiency aids a bowler’s development.
Nehra, on the other hand, praised Mohammed Siraj, saying the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) seamer has a “hunger” to succeed despite his injury history. RCB has retained the 27-year-old Hyderabad pacer ahead of the upcoming season’s mega-auction. Siraj, Virat Kohli, and Glenn Maxwell were among the players retained by the Bangalore team.
Siraj has impressed in his brief time with the Indian whites, becoming an important component of the Test bowling squad. Siraj has taken 33 wickets in 11 games since making his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during India’s historic series in Australia. Ashish Nehra cited a few factors that contributed to Siraj’s extraordinary achievement in such a short time.
“He was with me at RCB when I was the coach. He also was in the team when I was at SunRisers Hyderabad. I always knew that he had the skills. Talking about the skillset, it also depends on the player… how he hones his skills and fitness levels.
He had the speed, the swing, and an athletic body to go along with it. After dealing with fitness, we see a lot of players going around the NCA and seeing the physios. Siraj, on the other hand, was not that type of player. After rain ruined Day 2 of the upcoming Boxing Day Test, Nehra commented on Cricbuzz, “He moved into the IPL after playing Ranji and has never looked back.”
“Siraj has made the most of it. He’s mentally strong as well and has that hunger to play. He used to get upset when his name was not there in the XI. When he was at RCB, he would eagerly wait to perform and get better with every match. That speaks volumes about his character,” he added.