Tears rolled down Siraj’s eyes as he sang the national anthem before the beginning of the third Test between Australia and India in Sydney.
The official Twitter handle of cricket.com.au shared a small clip of Siraj’s emotional moment. The young speedster felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of the occasion.
It Shows What The National Anthem Means To Mohammed Siraj: Kaif
Kaif pointed out the moment reflects the pride Siraj feels while representing his country at the international level.
“I just want certain people to remember this picture. He is #SirajMohammed and this is what the national anthem means to him,” Kaif tweeted.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 7, 2021
No Better Motivation Than Playing For India: Jaffer
Taking note of Siraj’s tears, Jaffer said there is no better motivation than playing for your country regardless of whether the crowds are present to watch you at the stadium. The Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground is being played with a limited turnout to avoid potential Coronavirus spread.
“Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said ‘You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country’,” Jaffer tweeted.
Even if there's little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said "You don't play for the crowd, you play for the country." 🇮🇳 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qAwIyiUrSI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2021
Siraj had sadly lost his father before the start of the Australia tour. But the pacer stayed back to fulfil his father’s dream of seeing him play Test cricket for India.
The 26-year-old made his much-awaited Test debut in the previous match at the MCG. He returned with impressive figures of 2/40 & 3/37 in India’s resounding win. The pacer played his part in visitors’ series-levelling victory.
Siraj continued from where he felt in Melbourne and dismissed Australia’s explosive opener, David Warner, on Day 1 at the SCG.
Siraj emerged at the Test scene after impressing the selectors at the domestic and India ‘A’ levels. The paceman boasts of a fantastic first-class record to his name and has taken 157 wickets at an average of 23.19, including four five-wicket hauls.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2021