Former Indian spinner, Pragyan Ojha has lavished praise on Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj after his heroics on his debut. Mohammed Siraj picked up two crucial wickets on his debut for team India in Test cricket on Saturday. The Indian Cricket Team took on Australia in the 2nd match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj were the two debutants for team India as they took on Australia in the Boxing Day Test match. The Kangaroos elected to bat first after winning the toss. Team India put the Aussies on the backfoot right away as Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin were once again fabulous with the ball.
Apart from them, one bowler that made a standout performance for team India was Mohammed Siraj. Siraj picked the crucial wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green to break a crucial partnership in the game.
Pragyan Ojha Lavishes Praise On Mohammed Siraj
After the end of the day’s play, former Indian spinner, Pragyan Ojha seemed quite impressed with Siraj’s performance and has heaped a lot of praise on the young Indian bowler.
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor, Pragyan Ojha said, “Very happy for Siraj.. with all that he is gone through.. he did a fabulous job... Gill should continue to stick to his strength, the way he did today.”
Mohammed Siraj had lost his father on November 20 this year after the team landed in Australia. The BCCI offered Siraj to go back to the country but he insisted on playing for the country, a dream that his father always wanted him to fulfil. After Siraj’s commendable performance, a lot of cricketers, past and present, have lavished praise on the pacer.
Team India On The Driving Seat In Melbourne
The first day of the Boxing-Day Test belonged completely to team India as 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. Mitchell Starc caught Agarwal plumb in front of the wicket in the first over. However, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill steadied the Indian innings and team India finished on 36/1 after Day 1.