Sydney: Fast-paced bowler Mohammed Siraj couldn’t hold back tears when India’s national anthem played ahead of the start of the third Test in Australia on Thursday, and he later revealed that his late father’s thoughts had overwhelmed him.
Indian Mohammed Siraj (second from right) celebrates with his teammates after taking Australian David Warner’s wicket on the first day of the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. AFP
The 26-year-old, who made a surprising debut in the second test victory with five wickets, made the difficult decision to stay in the Indian squad after the death of his father in November.
« At the time of the national anthem remembered I mean to my father, « Siraj told reporters at the end of the day, claiming the first wicket had come down.
» He wanted to see me play test cricket for India and today he would have been proud if he was on Would have been life. «
The bowler, who also plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, stayed in the team’s safe bubble despite the offer to fly home.
Siraj praised his father , an auto rickshaw driver from the southern city of Hyderabad, for his dream of becoming a top cricketer.
Former Indian debut player Wasim Jaffer used a quote from former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni: « Even when there is little or no crowd , There is no better motivation to cheer you on than to play for India, « wrote Jaffer on Twitter.
Even when there is little or no audience to cheer you on, there is no better motivation than for India to play. As a legend once said: « You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country. » 🇮🇳 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qAwIyiUrSI
Another former playtester, Mohammad Kaif, posted a picture of Siraj wiping his tears away and added, « I just want certain people to be aware of this Remember picture. He is Siraj Mohammed, and that means the national anthem for him. «
I just want certain people to remember this picture. He’s #SirajMohammed and that means the national anthem to him pic.twitter.com/eJi9Xeww8E
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Siraj’s senior pace bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah told him the only way to get wickets on a flat deck is to build up pressure with lots of point balls.
Warner missed the first two Tests with a groin injury but will almost certainly return to the crucial clash in Sydney on Thursday. The series with four tests was blocked with 1: 1.
The right-handed man has also come through centuries in his last two returnees, having spent a long time with concussions.
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