Skill wise, Mohammad Siraj is even ahead of Jasprit Bumrah: Ashish Nehra

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Many ex-cricketers have rated Bumrah as one of the best speedsters who is currently playing in international cricket.

The Indian quick in no time has clinched 50 test wickets and the third Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick for India after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.

Bumrah has picked 250 wickets overall in all three formats for Men in Blue while in 97 IPL games he has played so far has clinched 113 wickets.

As Many cricketers thinks that Indian speedster Bumrah is the best we have at the moment however former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra beg to differ to which the latter said there is another Indian pacer who is not only on par with Bumrah skill but even better than him.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Nehra said that Siraj whose stocks have risen rapidly in the IPL, and he too has made his international debuts for all three formats for the country.

“When you talk about skill, this has been my thinking in the last three to four years. When it comes to bowlers, everyone talks about Jasprit Bumrah being right up there. But skill-wise, I don’t think Mohammed Siraj is behind Bumrah, and in all formats,” Nehra said.

“There was talk about a couple of years ago that he used to pick up 5-6 wickets in every match for India A with the red ball, and I’ve always believed that a good red-ball bowler, a Test match bowler has a greater chance of succeeding as a white-ball bowler,” he added.

“There are some bowlers whom you include only for T20s, for white-ball matches. So I think Siraj is a very good all-format bowler. There is no shortage of skill, he has all types of variations. I would say that skill-wise, he is even ahead of Bumrah, if you talk of variations.”

Nehra said that the only thing that Siraj needs to focus on his fitness and improve his game awareness in detail.

“He has a different slower one, there is no lack of speed, he can move the new ball. He needs to keep his fitness and sharpen his mind. If he can do these two things well, the sky is the limit,” he concluded.