The former India player Sunil Gavaskar was not impressed with India pacer Mohammed Siraj attempting to run out South Africa’s Temba Bavuma, which saw Siraj unintentionally hurt the latter as well.
However, it happened in the 62nd over of play of Day 5 of the first Test in Centurion, when Siraj claimed the ball and threw it back towards the batsman hoping for a run-out, but Bavuma hadn’t even moved out and got a blow on his shin as well.
While many did not take too kindly to Siraj’s act, Sunil Gavaskar feels that the 27-year-old pace bowler should be checked his aggression.
“There was no attempt to take the run. You are a little bit aggressive; you’ve gotten a bit carried away. But if there was an attempt to run, it would have been understandable. He’s there. He didn’t take the run. There was no need, absolutely no need for that. Siraj should be spoken to. At the end of the day, how gracious Temba Bavuma was when Siraj gave him the thumbs up,” Sunil Gavaskar said on air.
However, Mohammed Siraj has had a great year in 2021. The way he started off at the Boxing Day Test and then eventually led the pace bowling attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav, and then picking up a five-wicket haul in the Gabba Test was really praiseworthy.
India 1-0 ahead against South Africa
However, Team India are currently playing a three-match Test series against South Africa where they registered a convincing win in the first Test. While KL Rahul smashed a century, Mohammed Shami led the pace attack with an 8-wicket haul as well.
With this win, India have a fair chance to register their first series win in South Africa as well.