Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj was relentless with the ball throughout the day’s play on day 3. He said that the pitch has become very slow and the Indian bowlers need to hit one area consistently to dismiss the Australian tailenders cheaply on Day 4. Siraj bowled nearly 13 overs on day 3 and gave away just 23 runs taking the key wicket of Travis Head. The Indian pacer is playing his very first Test match and has already picked up two wickets in the first innings.
MCG Track Has Become Slower: Mohammed Siraj
Addressing his very first press conference for Team India, Mohammed Siraj spoke about how the day panned out for the Indian bowlers.
“The track on the first day was very helpful for bowling but it has become very slow today. Not much is happening and there wasn’t much swing on offer. The key is to remain patient and hit one area consistently,” Siraj said during the virtual media conference.
He further shared the advice that Jasprit Bumrah gave him at the start of the second innings. He spoke about how the lead Indian pacer adviced him to hit one area on a consistent basis and not try anything different.
“Jassi bhai told me that don’t try anything different. Bowl in one are and create pressure with dot balls and there should be equal focus on each ball,” the 26-year-old Hyderabad pacer said.
Mohammed Siraj shared his experience of playing in New Zealand for India A. He made the kookaburra ball swing both ways posing al kinds of threat for the Australian batters.
“The SG seam is more pronounced and the kookaburra seam flattens quickly like it has happened now. I bowled well in New Zealand during A tour and that experience helped me a lot.” said Siraj.
Australia are ahead by just two runs at the end of the day’s play on day 3 and Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that the game is not over as yet as he is expecting the Australian lower-order to fight back on Day 4.