India’s tour of Australia turned out to be a fruitful one for fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker among Indians. Siraj took 13 wickets from three Tests – he did not play the day-night Test in Adelaide – at an average of 29.53, an economy rate of 2.85 and a strike-rate of 62. Only Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood took more wickets in the series, and both these Australian fast bowlers played a Test more.

Yet, more than the statistics, it’s his doughtiness on the cricket field which caught the eye. Siraj may not have been the best Indian bowler in every spell  – Jasprit Bumrah and R. Ashwin had good spells as well – but the fact that he consistently bowled with good pace and aggression in just his first tour of Australia amidst off-field distractions and a personal loss (the death of his father) makes him the pick of the Indian bowlers. His…

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