Mohammed Siraj remembered his late father as he shed tears during India’s national anthem played before the start of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
The speedster, who made the Test debut in the second Test match against Australia in MCG, lost his father on November 20 when he was with Team India in Australia. He could have easily chosen to travel back to India to give his father a farewell. But Mohammed Siraj made a tough decision to stay with the team and fulfil his father’s dream to wear the white jersey.
After the end of day one in the post-match conference, the pacer stated that he got emotional because he wanted his father to see him representing the country in white-jersey.
“During the national anthem, I remembered my dad, So that’s why (I had tears). I got really emotional. Dad wanted to watch me play cricket. If he was there, he would have watched me playing, ” Mohammed Siraj said.
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Mohammed Siraj picks five wickets in his debut Test match:
The decision to stay with the team proved to be fruitful as Mohammed Shami’s injury paved his way to debut in the ongoing Test series. Shami picked up the injury during the first Test match while batting in the second innings. He fractured his bowling arm and was ruled out of the series.
And, Mohammed Siraj got the opportunity to make a debut in the second Test, which was the important match after the embarrassing defeat in the first.
The 26-year-old didn’t let India feel the dearth of their premier pacer as he went on to pick five wickets in Melbourne Cricket Ground. He picked Marnus Labuschagne’s wicket as his Test debut wicket.
In the ongoing third Test, he notched the crucial wicket of David Warner, who is coming back after injury, in the first innings. He will look to continue his good form in the remaining Test series.