Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Mohammed Siraj recently stated that he idolizes former South African speedster, Dale Steyn.
During his appearance on the RCB podcast, Siraj mentioned that he was fascinated to see Steyn bowl at an express pace, even towards the fag end of his international career. He admitted that, apart from the bowling skills, he also admired the legendary seamer for his on-field aggression.
Notably, Siraj got a chance to share the dressing room with Steyn when the latter was roped in by RCB for the 2019 and 2022 editions of the cash-rich league.
Dale Steyn is considered one of the greatest exponents of the outswinger by many. During the podcast, Mohammed Siraj also spoke about learning how to bowl the outswinger from the South African pacer during the IPL season in 2020.
The 29-year-old recalled how he was able to dismiss Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi during RCB’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with outswingers after having a discussion with Steyn a day before the game.
On this, he said:
Siraj was retained by the Bangalore-based franchise ahead of the IPL 2023 mini-auction and will ply his trade for them in the forthcoming season as well.
RCB are set to open their IPL 2023 campaign with a clash against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 2.
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