4th Test: VVS Laxman backs Mohammed Siraj after heated argument with Ben Stokes – That’s a great attitude

ormer India cricketer VVS Laxman has backed Mohammed Siraj for confronting Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder abused the young pacer.

India pacer Mohammed Siraj on Day 1 of India vs England 4th Test (ICC Image)


  • Laxman said that Siraj’s on-field performance shows that he is ready for the fight
  • I don’t agree with Graeme Swann: VVS Laxman
  • Swann said that Siraj should not have exchanged words with senior player like Stokes

Former India batsman VVS Laxman has backed pacer Mohammed Siraj for standing against England all-rounder Ben Stokes who abused him following a bouncer in the ongoing 4th Test in Ahmedabad.

A pumped up Siraj bowled a fiery bouncer to Stokes after dismissing Joe Root and gave a confident stare but that did not go well with the England star and he ended up abusing the 26-year-old pacer. India captain Virat Kohli was quick to retaliate and had his share of exchange with Stokes before the on-field umpire intervened to separate the two gun players.

After the end of day’s play former England spinner Graeme Swann said that Siraj bowled beautifully but should have refrained from getting into any altercation with a senior player like Ben Stokes.

“You got to take your hats off, Siraj was excellent. I will say that he should not have got into any verbal with Ben Stokes. He is a senior player,” Swann said on Sony Networks.

Reacting to Swann’s comment VVS Laxaman, who was panelist on the same show, said that the Hyderabad-born did the right thing and that his action was proof of a “great attitude”. Laxman pointed out the on-field brilliance of Siraj, before adding that a youngster should not be “overawed” by the opposition batsmen.

“We saw that in Australia as well, even when he did not play too many games, the way he bowled in Brisbane and took some important wickets. So, it shows that he is ready for a fight and I don’t agree with Graeme Swann. As a youngster you take on the opposition batsmen, however senior he is, can’t be overawed by the opposition batsman and that’s a great attitude to have,” VVS Laxman asserted.

Dismissing Joe Root will be pleasing for Mohammed Siraj

Further, VVS Laxman dissected Mohammed Siraj’s bowling, saying that a player of Joe Root’s calibre had “no idea” of where he was bowling. Laxman stated that Siraj will be pleased after dismissing the in form English captain.

“The ball was swinging and he used it to great effect. He was bowling the ball up, pitching the ball up and a couple of outswingers and Joe Root had no idea where Siraj was bowling. Very rarely have I seen Joe Root struggling against that ball in an area of uncertainty and then there was an odd bouncer and then that length and line, the ball came in quite sharply, Joe Root was plumb in front of the wicket.

“But overall, you see the pitch map. When the ball was swinging Siraj was bowling up, the moment it stopped singing he just altered his length, concentrating a lot on bowling the ball in a good length area. He was looking to bring the ball in and use the ball to great effect. Overall to get an important wicket and that too to inform Joe Root. It will be pleasing for Siraj,” VVS Laxman concluded.


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