Fans train guns at RCB’s Mohammed Siraj after another poor outing in IPL 2022 | Cricket News


The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs suffered a big setback after their 54-point loss to the Punjab Kings, meaning they sit on 14 points with just one game left for them. RCB’s net run rate has also suffered and this could be a big problem with quite a few teams running out of steam in the playoff race. Two RCB bowlers had a nightmare on Friday – Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood. While the Aussie has been impressive all season and the performance against PBKS was probably just a blip, Siraj has been mediocre throughout IPL 2022.

The Indian fast bowler has taken eight wickets in 13 matches but more worryingly for RCB, he has a save rate of 9.82.

Also on Friday, Siraj was taken down for 36 carries from his opening two overs, with captain Faf du Plessis not calling on his services again in the game. The fact that he was retained by RCB for a whopping Rs 7 crore and his performance afterwards for the team has not gone down very well with some fans.

Compared to Siraj, other front row bowlers in the RCB have actually done quite well.

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RCB spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is the current holder of the Purple Cap, having won 23 wickets in 13 games at a save rate of 7.48. After him Harshal Patel, last season’s Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel took 18 wickets in 12 games at a save rate of 7.72.

Hazlewood has 13 wickets to its name in just nine games and an save rate of 7.88.

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Glenn Maxwell was also productive with the ball in hand, taking five wickets in just 17 overs played and a save rate of 7.05.

Compare that to Siraj, who has 45 overs, and his 55.25 average is among the worst for bowlers who have 20+ overs this season.

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