Mohammed Siraj. This Team India pacer won the hearts of the entire country. In the final of the Asia Cup 2023, Siraj bowled brilliantly and won the game for India. He was voted player of the match for taking six wickets. After the game, Siraj shared how he achieved this feat. He also praised two players of the team. During the post-match presentation, Siraj said:
“I have been bowling well for some time now. In the last two games the batsmen only had to admit defeat, today they also came out on top. I just tried to bowl in good areas. The ball has been seamed on this wicket in the last two games. Today there was a momentum. That’s why I thought the batsmen should be forced to play as often as possible. Since there was momentum, I tried to throw the ball higher. I adopted this plan and succeeded.
While talking about the pitch, Siraj said that there was some moisture in the pitch. Siraj also expressed his views on bowling with Bumrah and Hardik. said,
“When the fast bowlers’ bond is good, there is pressure on the batsmen. We are getting wickets from the other end. The entire team benefits from this.
Siraj gave all his prize money to the groundskeeper. According to Siraj, these people deserve this award. Without the groundskeepers this tournament would not have been successful.
How much money did Siraj get?
Seven overs, a maiden, 21 runs and six wickets. To be honest, no one else was in the running for Player of the Game. For this achievement, Siraj received a reward of $5,000. That’s around 4 lakh 15,000 rupees. Siraj gave all the money to the groundskeeper.
This final was played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to bat first. Bumrah took the first wicket for India. Then Siraj sent back more than half of the batsmen. When Siraj quit, Hardik took charge. The Sri Lankan team had reached 50 runs in the 16th over and lost all the wickets. Kusal Mendis scored a maximum of 17 runs.
Target of 51. Ishan Kishan, not Rohit Sharma, came to play with Shubman Gill. Shubman scored 27 runs and Ishaan scored 23 runs. India needed just 37 balls to score 51 runs. This was the shortest chase of any Asian Cup final. Now Team India has to play a three-match ODI series at home. Starting next week, this series will be played between India and Australia.