Before the IPL bonanza, the youngster had picked up 41 wickets in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, playing a pivotal role as they entered the the knockouts.
“I’m very excited about the call-up because it is a dream come true. I knew I had it in me to make it to the Indian team, especially after my performance in the previous Ranji Trophy season and the IPL, where I sat out of the first few matches and then earned the Match of the Match against Gujarat Lions for my match-winning performance (4 for 32). Also, playing for India ‘A’, I did well against South Africa (away tour) and New Zealand as well.”
“I would like to thank Bharat (Arun) sir who believed in me and motivated me to do well in the Ranji Trophy. My IPL experience was also crucial and I got to learn a lot from Bhuvi Bhai (Bhuvaneshwar Kumar) and Ashish bhai (Ashish Nehra),” added Siraj. While he has been picked in the T20 squad, Siraj is hoping to represent the country in all three formats. ” I don’t have a preferred format. I like playing in all formats and as long as I get to represent India, the format does not matter,” he pointed out.