Former Australian cricketer Aaron Finch heaped praise on Mohammed Siraj for upping his game and turning into a force to be reckoned with. Siraj was stupendous in the Asia Cup after he picked up a six-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the final at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Not only did Siraj win the Player of the Match award, but he also moved to the top of the ICC bowler’s rankings in ODIs. Finch also backed the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc to show their class in the World Cup to be played on Indian soil from October 5.

"Well, the reason I retired - Bhuvi. He’s the one that I always tried to avoid, but neither of us are playing now, so that's I think new ball bowlers who can swing, are a danger to everyone. I think

Trent Bolt, Mitchell Starc, and Rabada, these guys, especially Siraj, he’s as good as anyone in the world at the moment,” Finch was quoted as saying to Star Sports.

Former South African skipper Faf du Plessis, in the meantime, also backed Siraj to perform well in the upcoming mega event.

“Yeah, I'm similar to Finch. I think it depends on the wickets. You know, if the wicket has got something in it, someone like Siraj who just nibbles the ball a little bit both ways, and he's trying the off stump the whole time. Boult, those kinds of guys are going to be extremely successful,” du Plessis said.

In 29 ODIs thus far, Siraj has picked up 53 wickets at an economy rate of 4.76 with four-wicket hauls and one fifer to show for his efforts.
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