Mohammed Siraj has made a big impression on his Test debut in the ongoing game against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The right-arm pacer got a chance in the playing eleven after incumbent Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a fractured arm. Shami was hit on his hand while batting in the first Test.
Mohammed Siraj, nonetheless, did not take long to make his mark. In his eighth over, he dismissed the dangerous Marnus Labuschagne to put India on top. But it was the wicket of newcomer Cameron Green that has impressed the cricketing fraternity. The Hyderabad star, who recently lost his father and could not even attend his funeral, trapped Cameron with a stunning plan.
It was the 62nd over of Australia’s innings when the India debutant came up with the plan for Green. The first three balls of the over were well outside the off stump. Green left the first two deliveries before pushing the third in the off side. This is when Mohammed Siraj caught the Australia allrounder by surprise with an impressive inswinging delivery.
The right-handed batsman tried to flick the ball but was beaten on the inside edge. Green reviewed the decision but it could not save him and he had to depart for just 12.
Here is a clip of that set-up from Mohammed Siraj:
Out, out, out, in.
Well bowled, Siraj ?
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2020
Talking about the game, Australia were reeling on 177 for 8 at the time of writing this report. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were in the middle, trying to power the hosts to a respectable total. Australia are leading the four-match series after winning the first Test by eight wickets.