Mohammed Siraj picked 4 wickets while bowling against England in the ongoing Lord’s Test. After picking wickets during the match, the right-arm pacer was seen celebrating by putting his fingers on his lips. During the press conference, the Indian player revealed the reason behind his celebration style, saying it for his haters.
Siraj, who bowled 30 overs in the 1st innings of India vs England 2nd Test match, dismissed Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Robinson. With 7 maiden overs in his spell, Siraj conceded 94 runs. Other than Siraj, Ishant Sharma accounted for 3 wickets while Mohammed Shami scalped 2 wickets.
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)
The Celebration Style Is For Haters: Mohammed Siraj
While asked about his ‘finger on lips’ celebration during the match, Siraj said that it is for his haters.
“The celebration style is for haters (critics), as they used to say a lot of things about me, that I cannot do this thing. So I thought of answering them with my ball,” the Indian pacer said.
Citing the importance of pace bowlers at England stadiums, Siraj revealed how he planned his bowling while attacking the English batsmen.
“Fast bowlers play an important role in England. We were bowling at consistent lengths. Our plan was to bowl consistently at one length. I was looking to bowl at one spot consistently even during my Ranji Trophy days. My simple plan was to not try much hit at one spot consistently,” Mohammed Siraj further said.
Meanwhile, in the match, India scored 364-10 in the 1st innings thanks to a spectacular century by opener KL Rahul, who smacked 129 runs. India, who were railing at 276-3 at one point, were halted to just 364 after a fabulous five-wicket haul by English pacer James Anderson.
While batting, England had an upper hand over India reaching 391 all-out at the end of Day 3 which earned them a lead of 27 runs. While Indian bowlers managed to crush most English batsmen at a low score, Joe Root was an exception.
The England skipper smacked 180 runs off 321 balls and remained unbeaten till the end of the innings. Other than Root, Jonny Bairstow smashed a decent knock of 57 runs.