Mohammed Siraj was retained by Bangalore ahead of the Indian T20 League 2022. However, he wasn’t really at his best during the 15th edition of the league. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that his performances throughout the tournament were disappointing, to say the least.
Siraj consistently leaked runs, and struggled to pick wickets as well. The pacer was only able to pick nine wickets in 15 games this season. Besides, his economy rate was 10.08. Moreover, he gave 31 runs in his two overs during the second Qualifier against Rajasthan.
However, Siraj was hopeful of overcoming his poor form. He drew light on how records are meant to be broken, and how one bad season doesn’t change anything. The Andhra Pradesh pacer stated that he trusts his ability.
“Records are meant to be broken. When you talk about the Indian T20 League, I also made a record when I bowled two maidens and took three wickets. Till now, that record is intact. I don’t look at things like that. I agree that this year my performance hasn’t been great. In the previous two years, when I performed so well with the white ball…that was also Siraj, and this is also Siraj. One Indian T20 League performance doesn’t change the perception about Siraj. I know that I will make a comeback. I’ve faith in my ability,” said Mohammed Siraj, as quoted by Times Now.
In the meanwhile, the speedster also spoke about how Virat Kohli backed his abilities, and supported him. Siraj stated that the 33-year-old asked him not to think about his poor form, and stick to the present. He revealed that Kohli told him to stay confident.
“Yes, Virat bhai told me: ‘You’ve the ability, work on that. Don’t think too much about not being able to perform well. Ups and downs come in everyone’s life. Just stay in the present. Just focus on your performance and stay confident about what to bowl in which situation,” he added.