Former India skipper Sachin Tendulkar believes Mohammed Siraj snubbed a regulation outswinger against Jos Buttler during Friday’s IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
RR steamrolled home by seven wickets, chasing 158 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with Buttler banging an unbeaten 106 off 60 balls, his 4th hundred of the season. The defeat eliminated RCB from the tournament.
Bangalore is highly required to get off to a great start with the ball to stay alive. Siraj, on the other hand, gave up 31 runs during his first two overs. Tendulkar stated on his YouTube channel that the Bangalore fast bowler did not use all of his skills.
Sachin Tendulkar elaborated: “I believe Siraj dropped a technique against Buttler.” He didn’t bowl an outswinger. He had been bowling angled seam in cutters and cross-seamed deliveries. He could’ve used a standard outswinger.”
Siraj had a disappointing IPL 2022 season, taking nine wickets in 15 games at an average of 57.11 and an economy rate of 10.08.
‘Buttler is unpredictable and a 360-degree player’: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar praised Buttler’s performance, saying that having to watch him bat in full swing is indeed a great pleasure.
He stated: “It’s a pleasure to behold him when he gets rolling. On every ball, something happens. He is unpredictable and an adaptable player. There was not a single place where he did not make a shot.
“He demonstrated a fantastic bat swing and footwork. He also formed a strong partnership with Sanju Samson when RR required it.”
Following his performances against RCB, the ferocious RR opener surpassed 800 runs for the qualifying campaign. The Orange Cap holder has 824 runs in 16 games, with an average of 58.86 and a strike rate of 151.47.
On Sunday, the Gujarat Titans will face the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad (May 29).