Mohammed Siraj was in tears as India’s national anthem was on just before the start of the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was a good day for the pacer as he picked up the key wicket of David Warner and helped India taken an early advantage in the game. he gave away 47 runs in his spell and picked the key wicket of Warner, who was playing with an injury.
Meanwhile, after the day’s play, Mohammed Siraj revealed why he became emotional at the start of the day. He said he remembered his father while the national anthem was won, which is why he became emotional.
Remembered My Father: Mohammed Siraj
“Just remembered my father at that time. I was really emotional. He wanted me to see playing Test cricket. I wish he could see me playing for India,” Siraj told reporters.
The 26-year-old fast bowler from Hyderabad further spoke about the wicket of the Sydney Cricket Ground on Day 1. Mohammed Siraj said that the wicket was flat and the main job of the bowlers was to build pressure as wicket-taking was not easy.
“It is very a flat wicket. Our plan was to build pressure and not try too much as it is a very easy wicket for the batsman. Even the bouncers are not carrying as well it was in the earlier games,” said Siraj, who made his debut in the previous game.
Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini were the two wicket-takers for India on a rain-marred day of play. Ravichandran Ashwin toiled hard for 17 overs but ended wicketless. Like Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah too bowled 14 overs but had a wicketless spell. Ravindra Jadeja bowled three overs at the fag end of the day.
Meanwhile, Australia finished day 1 of the third Test against India on 166 for 2 after rains played spoilsport for more than two hours in the morning session. A total of 55 overs were bowled within the day’s play as the teams gave it all on the first day of the third Test. This happened after Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Steve Smith (31*) and Marnus Labuschagne (67*) were unbeaten at stumps.