The Indian cricket team is off to a good start in the ongoing Test series against England. The first Test in Nottingham was drawn by rain. India’s position in the first Test was very strong. But in the second Test at Lord’s Historic Ground, India defeated the hosts by a 1-0 lead in the series. The bowlers have written the story of India’s victory at Lord’s. The British surrendered to fast bowler Mohammed Siraj’s sharp bowling. Siraj Pavilion led the way for eight England batsmen in the match. He has made many cricket legends by his bowling. First batsman Sunil Gavaskar and then former fast bowler Zaheer Khan praised Siraj’s bowling, now named after former England captain Geoffrey Boycott. While praising Siraj, he told Siraj an asset to Team India.
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Speaking to England’s Mid-Day newspaper, he said: ‘I like Siraj. They are full of energy. No one should ask them to stop anything. Let them bloom in their own way. They are an asset to India. Siraj is still a newcomer, though. This former English batsman praised the Indian bowling attack and said, “Currently, India have a good attack. I want Ravichandran Ashwin to be on my team too. My bowling attack consisted of two top-class spinners and three fast bowlers. The Indian team looks to be in trouble after the end of the fourth day of the match. Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Shami batted spectacularly on the fifth and final day of the match and set the team’s sinking line across. The duo shared an unbroken partnership of 89 for the ninth wicket. On this partnership, Boycott said, ‘I liked the way the Indian team was swirling around each other. While Shami and Bumrah were batting, the whole team was cheering on the balcony. He also came to greet them. Such things bring about solidarity.
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Let’s say that Mohammad Siraj created a ripple effect from his bowling in the Second Test at Lord’s. He finished his career with 126 runs and took 8 wickets. Siraj was close to taking a hat-trick twice in the match. Siraj proved to be the team’s most successful bowler in the first and second innings. The third Test in a five-Test series will be played at Headingley from August 25.