Mohammed Siraj had an imperious outing in the recently-concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy series. The fast bowler proved that he is worth the weight in gold in the second, third and fourth Test. Siraj did not play the first Test match at Adelaide Oval.
The 26-year-old pacer made his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne. He impressed everyone by taking 5 wickets. India won the game by 8 wickets. The fast bowler grew from strength to strength and made a case for himself in the fourth and final Test at The Gabba.
The Hyderabad pacer took his maiden five-wicket haul in Brisbane. Siraj, who lost his father in November, put in a memorable performance in the Test series. India won the Border Gavaskar Trophy. He finished the Test series as India’s leading wicket-taker as he took as many as 13 wickets.
He led the bowling attack from the front and brought his bowling skills to the forefront. Despite many key pacers missing, he bowled really well. As a result, he reaped rewards. Siraj made his presence count on the pitch without the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
Siraj made a stellar comeback for India on Day 4 of the Gabba Test against Aussies. When India was searching for ways to take wickets, Siraj provided a much-needed breakthrough. He got rid of Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade within an over.
Moreover, he also took the prized wicket of talisman batsman Steve Smith (55). He further dismissed the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Siraj drew praises from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his bowling masterclass in 3 Tests.
Siraj grabs Kuldeep’s neck
Following an impressive performance during India’s tour of Australia, the Indian selectors picked Siraj for the home assignment against England. However, at the last moment, the team management did not pick him in the playing XI.
The 26-year-old Hyderabad pacer is warming the bench whereas Axar Patel has been ruled out of the first Test with a knee injury. Ahead of the match, the left-arm spinner had complained of knee pain. The selectors added Shahbaz Nadeem to the squad after Axar was ruled out due to pain in the left knee.
Chepauk wicket assists spinners. While we expected Kuldeep Yadav to play, he did not get the nod. Washington Sundar was picked ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. After the end of Day 1, Indian players walked off the field and made their way into the dressing room.
At that time, Siraj was caught on camera doing something really strange. When the players went inside the dressing room, the pacer had tightly grabbed Kuldeep Yadav’s neck. Even the chinaman was taken aback by surprise.
The video of the same is doing the rounds on social media platforms. Needless to say, the fans are convinced that this is just a friendly fight between the two players and not a serious one.
England in total command
Team India managed to pick only 3 wickets on Day 1. England batsmen Joe Root and Dominic Sibley dominated the game by adding a 200-run partnership for the third wicket. Root brought up his 20th Test century in his 100th Test. On the other hand, Sibley got out after making 87. England finished Day 1 with 258/3.