Mohammed Siraj’s brother, Ismail, has heaped praise on the young Indian bowler after his heroics against Australia in his debut Test. Ismail has gone on to say that Siraj has now fulfilled his late father’s dream of playing for India in Test cricket. Mohammed Siraj made his Test debut for India on Saturday, in the Boxing Day Test.
The young bowler was right on the mark in his first Test as he picked two crucial Australian wickets. He was among the pick of the Indian bowlers apart from R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah who dismantled the Australian batting. Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when team India was in Australia on November 20. The BCCI offered Siraj to return back but the bowler insisted on staying back to fulfil his father’s dream.
Mohammed Siraj’s Brother Lavishes Praise On The Young Indian Pacer
Siraj’s brother Ismail said it was his late father’s dream to see Siraj play for the country in Tests. Now, Siraj has fulfilled that dream.
“It was my (late) father’s dream that Siraj should represent India in Tests … he always wanted to see him (Siraj) in blue and white jersey to represent the nation, so our dream got fulfilled today,” Ismail told PTI from Hyderabad.
The family members were glued to the television since 4 AM. They wanted to see the proud moment of Siraj playing for the country in a Test. He has already played one ODI and three T20 Internationals.
“Since the team was announced yesterday, we knew that he was going to make debut. We did not sleep the entire night, we switched on TV from 4 am,” said Ismail, a software professional who now works as his brother’s manager.
Team India In Touching Distance Of Australia
The first day of the Boxing-Day Test belonged completely to team India. They kept a constant hold on the Aussies in all the sessions. Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin provided the team with initial breakthroughs. Mohammed Siraj was crucial in gaining wickets in the middle overs. Bumrah and Ashwin then bundled up the Australian tail.
The Kangaroos were bowled out for 195 runs after which the Indian batsmen showed great resilience save Mayank Agarwal. Team India are now in touching distance of the Australian score. They trail by only just 6 runs after the end of the 2nd session on Day 2. Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane has led the team from the front, scoring a decent half-century.