Virat Kohli Didn’t Deserve The Man of The Match Despite 166 Not Out- Gautam Gambhir.
The right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj and batting star Virat Kohli should have shared the Player of the Series title, according to former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Gautam Gambhir.
This was said following the end of the three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka where Virat Kohli smashed 166*.
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In the series against Sri Lanka, Kohli put on an outstanding effort and assisted his team in defeating the guests 3-0. The 34-year-old scored the most runs with 283 runs at an outstanding average of 141.50 and a fantastic strike rate of 137.37, including two centuries.
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Siraj, on the other hand, finished as the game’s top wicket-taker with 9 wickets at an average of 10.22, an economy of 4.05, and a strike rate of 15.1.
Gambhir was questioned about his thoughts on the performance of Siraj, a 28-year-old pace bowler, during a conversation on Star Sports.
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Virat Kohli Didn’t Deserve The Man of The Match Despite 166 Not Out- Gautam Gambhir
He responded: “For me, I think he was on par with Virat Kohli. There should have been a joint Man of the Series because he was exceptional and these were beautiful batting wickets. I know we are always tempted towards batters getting big hundreds but I think Mohammed Siraj was absolutely exceptional too in this entire series.
“I think the hallmark is, he will get many more five-fors, it’s not about that he didn’t get it today but how good was he, especially with the new ball. In every game, he was able to set the tone.”
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Siraj received even more glowing praise from the 41-year-old, who referred to him as a “player for the future.” He added that Siraj’s improvement with each new series is a great plus for Team India.
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He elaborated: “I think he is the player for the future. He is someone who India has got to look forward to for a very, very long time, someone who can bowl with the new ball and at the death as well. He is getting better after every series. So a massive, massive positive.
“Look what he did today. 10-over spell, he just took a break for one over. How many fast bowlers can do that? The 10th over he was bowling to Rajitha, he was bowling with as much pace as he started his spell with.”