Mohammed Siraj‘s final line of 10-2-46-4 was far and away the greatest in the high-scoring first ODI of the series between India and New Zealand. Siraj’s bowling had a significant role in India’s 12-run victory. Michael Bracewell (140 off 78 balls) nearly ran away with the game if it weren’t for the local boy’s excellent display with the ball. He unleashed a spectacular attack alongside Mitchell Santner, leaving India without any replies as he was the final wicket to go.
The left-hander mentioned his 57-ball century and kept the Black Caps competitive despite the increasing asking rate. Santer’s expulsion altered the course of the game, and despite Bracewell’s valiant effort, New Zealand was outscored by 12 runs.
Mohammed Siraj Breathes Fire As Family Watches From The Stands
Shubman Gill has previously performed fireworks for the Hyderabad crowd. The first over was finished by Mohammed Shami, and Siraj took the new ball as the crowd had another opportunity to raise the volume in the stadium. Shabana Begum, Siraj’s mother, was unable to continue to sit on the front seat of the corporate box balcony as the unified roar reached its climax.
She was overcome with grief, clinging to the grill railing with her sister behind her as the audience yelled Siraj’s name. She remained still as others conversed with one another. She was unaware of everything going on around her. Although Siraj is the focus of the moment, she was also there. There was a brief moment when it appeared she was in her own world, where only the son and mom were around.
Begum barely moved at all throughout Mohammed Siraj’s opening period, where he bounced out Devon Conway to break New Zealand early in the pursuit of 350. He had numbers of 5-2-20-1. Every time Shami entered from the opposite end, she would remain still and absorbed in her prayer. And on the day he arrived in Hyderabad, Siraj had specifically asked her for prayers.
He had paid his mum a surprise visit on Monday while travelling for the team hotel. “I was offering Namaz… and when I opened my eyes, my Miya was there, saying ‘Mubarak.’ Thoda shock tha pehele kyunki usne bola tha ki Tuesday aayega; humne kuch khaas nahi pakaya.
“Isliye, mein pehle usko daanta (He had told us he would be visiting us only on Tuesday; we hadn’t cooked anything special. So, I first scolded him!) “Lekin usne kaha, aapki dua dijiye; bus woh kaafi hai (Just give me your blessings, that’s enough, he said). Mein jaldi uski pasand – kichdi banayi (I quickly made his favourite khichdi),” Begum told The Indian Express.
In addition to his mother, a dozen acquaintances were there, as well as Sofia Sultana (Siraj’s small sister), his grandmother, aunt, and his maternal uncle.
“He wanted all of us to be here in the stadium and made all the arrangements. Had his father been around, he would have felt very proud because more than anything, as a mother I feel that despite all the fame and success, he hasn’t changed as a person and is looking after all of them,” says Begum even as Sofia shows the new iPhone that Siraj has gifted her.
And during the game, Mohammed Siraj shown just how invaluable he is to India by helping them win the opening ODI by 12 runs with his four wickets.