Mohammed Siraj ready to step up in Bumrah’s absence
Mohammed Siraj played in the Nidahas Trophy last year. (AFP Image)

Right-arm quick Mohammed Siraj, the newest addition to India’s ODI squad is looking forward to the three-match series against Australia starting January 13. India will be without Jasprit Bumrah and a pumped Siraj, who received his maiden ODI call-up on Monday, is looking forward to taking up the fast bowler’s role in his absence.

“I am ready to take up the responsibility in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence,” Bumrah told Times of India. “I am ready to handle the pace department. He (Bumrah) was just amazing in the Test series. He is our star bowler. There will be lots of expectations from me in his absence and I am ready for the series.”

Siraj has played three T20Is for India since his maiden international call-up against New Zealand in 2017. He was recently part of India A during their tour of New Zealand A where he had one notable performance of 4 for 59 in a three-day at Hamilton in November. He returned to play the Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad and had match figures of 1/96 against Bengal and 7/145 vs Punjab.

Siraj admitted that he was not expecting the call-up but couldn’t hold back the excitement once he was made aware of it.

“I am very excited. I didn’t expect the call-up. I was numb for a few seconds and then I shouted at the top of my voice and hugged my parents. It is my maiden ODI call-up and I am really happy,” he said.

“I just want to go (to Australia) and make it count. I have been waiting for this opportunity for so long. I was mentally prepared that the day I will get the opportunity, I will grab it with both hands. I am really thankful that I am able to impress the selectors. I will not let them and my fans down.”