Legendary South Africa batter AB de Villiers heaped praise on India paceman Mohammed Siraj after his recent exploits in the Asia Cup 2023. Siraj was too good in the final against Sri Lanka and claimed a six-wicket haul to make it a one-sided affair in favour of India. The premier pacer claimed four wickets in the fourth over of the innings to break Sri Lanka’s back.
He ended up registering astonishing bowling figures of 6/21 in seven overs as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 50.
De Villiers, who played alongside Siraj during his time at Royal Challengers Bangalore, hailed the premier pacer’s never-give-up attitude.
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“What stands out with him is attitude. We have spoken before on how attitude can really uplift you. If you never give up and if you keep trying and you make your attitude catchy with your teammates, the people want you there, the fans want you there. That’s where you start doing some brilliant and special things on the park,” De Villiers said on his YouTube channel.
The Proteas legend said that Siraj doesn’t shy away from being on the batter’s face and always looks to put up a challenge to get the opposition out.
“He’s always in your face. The bowlers that I respected most are the guys that never gave up, that would always complete every single ball, be in your face. That’s what Mohammed Siraj does well. He’s not scared of trying his short ball. He’s there in the batter’s face and is always trying to get you out. The batters can feel that and Sri Lanka certainly felt that in the final,” he added.
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The 29-year-old also reclaimed his top spot in ICC ODI bowler’s charts as he will now enter the World Cup with a boosted confidence.
De Villiers further referred to Siraj as a perfect fast bowler for his attitude.
“What a fantastic turnaround from that start for Mohammed Siraj. Simply incredible by Siraj. Some soft wickets there – the pressure of a final. But the thing that stands out is he keeps trying. His attitude is spot on. The perfect fast bowler, if I can say that,” De Villiers concluded.