's recent spell against Sri Lanka
was probably one of the best spells of all time, as the 29-year-old right-arm fast bowler obliterated the Sri Lankan top order and helped India win the Asia Cup
for a record-extending eighth time.
During the course of his spell, Siraj joined Chaminda Vaas
as the fastest bowler to ever record a five-wicket haul in ODI cricket, as both players achieved the milestone in just 16 deliveries. Siraj bowled seven overs as part of his opening spell, which saw Sri Lanka lose all their wickets for just 50 runs.
After the match, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma
spoke to the press about his decision to end Siraj’s spell as he brought on Kuldeep Yadav to replace him.
"Siraj bowled 7 overs in a spell; it was a lot, but I got a message from our trainer that we need to stop him. He was quite desperate to bowl but that's the nature of any bowler or batter, that's where my job comes in & I wanted to make sure everything is calm," said Rohit.
Siraj ended the day with six wickets to his name and picked up the man of the match trophy in the final. Alongside that, Siraj also donated his man of the match reward to the Sri Lankan groundsmen, who have had to work odd hours to make sure that the tournament takes place. Alongside Siraj, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who was present at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the final, announced a prize money of 42 lakh rupees for the hard work of the groundsmen.
Team India have now returned to Mumbai as they gear up to face Australia in a three-game ODI series that is set to begin on Friday, September 22 at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab.