Mohammed Siraj was India’s biggest wicket-taker in Australia’s recent Test series.© AFP
India’s head coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter on Friday to appreciate Mohammed Siraj for struggling through personal loss and racial comments in the recent Test series against Australia. Siraj lost his father in November 2020 and during his second test match, the pacer was subjected to racial comments from some of the Sydney audience. “Like the tour to support the bowling attack like he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial comments and channeled them to get home to the team circle,” Shastri wrote a photo of himself with Siraj.
Like the tour for supporting the bowling attack like he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial comments and channeled them to find home in the team circle pic.twitter.com/qkzpXgqQiX
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 22, 2021
On Thursday, Siraj had revealed that during the SCG test, when he complained about receiving racial abuse from the Sydney crowd, referees on the field had offered Team India to walk off the field.
Siraj further said at a press conference that India’s deputy skipper Ajinkya Rahane refused to leave the match.
“The referees had said we can leave the game and go if we are angry with the racist comments, but (Ajinkya) Rahane said ‘why should we leave the game, we respect the game and we are here to play’, ” Siraj said.
Siraj was the most successful Indian bowler in the recently concluded Test series in Australia. He took 13 wickets in three matches with an average of 29.54.
In the fourth Test in Brisbane, Siraj led a young Indian bowling attack from the front as he picked up his first five-wicket draw in the longest format of the game.
Siraj returned with match scores of seven for 150 as India beat Australia by three wickets in Gabba to help the visitors end the four-match streak 2-1.
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