Mohammad Siraj impressed one and all with his special performance on his Test match debut in Melbourne. He took two wickets giving away 40 runs and showing immense control on his pace and swing. His bowling partner from the other end Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets for 56 runs. India bowled out the Aussies for 195 after losing the toss in the Boxing Day test match.
Meanwhile, Bumrah has hailed the debutant after he came up with an impressive performance with the ball. He raised Siraj, saying the fast bowler deserves to play Test cricket for India.
Mohammad Siraj Deserves To Play Test Cricket For India: Jasprit Bumrah
“He has worked really hard and come up the ranks. He was eager to bowl in the first session itself. There wasn’t a lot happening after lunch and he (Siraj) bowled with a lot of control,” he said. “Suddenly he started getting some movement and wanted to make the best of it. Playing his first Test match, he bowled really well and had confidence of using all his skills. It’s a heartening sign for us and hopefully he will continue doing that.”
Bumrah also spoke about how it was bowling like in this MCG wicket. He said that there was some moisture in the wicket in the first session and the wicket became better for batting in the second session.
“There were constant discussions going on between bowlers and the captain. The wicket changed after the first session. It got better to bat on in the second session and moisture went away. We were just trying to communicate what kind of lines we wanted to bowl so that we can set the field accordingly. When there was less help, we tried to change the line accordingly” Bumrah said.
India ended the day on 36 for 1 with Shubman Gill unbeaten on 28 with Cheteshwar Pujara at the other end unbeaten on 7.
Also Read: Boxing-Day Test Day 1 Report