By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE, Dec.26 (Reuters) – Indian paceman Mohammed Siraj has been urged by his captain Virat Kohli and his mother to stay in Australia and push for selection to the test team rather than return home to cry with his family after his father’s last death. month.
In a sun-drenched Melbourne cricket ground on Saturday, Siraj was rewarded for his tough decision taking two wickets in an emotional start to help India beat Australia to 195 on day one of the The day after Christmas. L1N2J50FX
Prior to Mohammed Shami’s injury, Siraj, a native of Hyderabad, had no assurances that he would appear in the four-test streak, but he struck hard on the pitch in matches on the tour to get himself in the lead of the waiting line.
The door opened when Shami suffered a broken arm when the series opened, and Siraj found himself immersed in a much-modified squad having to respond to the eight-wicket humiliation within three days in Adelaide. Oval.
Siraj had to wait until Saturday, as replacement skipper Rahane Ajinkya opted for spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the first change player on a wet wicket in the morning.
The captain’s call turned out to be a good one, as Ashwin took two wickets to leave shaky Australia at 65 for three at lunch.
Siraj finally kicked the ball after lunch and made his presence felt with a bouncer who hit Marnus Labuschagne on the helmet.
Although without a wicket since his first spell, Siraj returned to take out the dangerous man Labuschagne for 48, helped by a nice catch from fellow rookie Shubman Gill on the back square leg.
Siraj then trapped Cameron Green lbw for 12 with a ball that came back after cradling the young all-rounder with a number of deliveries that moved away.
With Ishant Sharma and Shami sidelined, there were concerns in India that pacemen Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav would have to shoulder too much of a burden for the rest of the series, but Siraj’s special day has renewed hope. that tourists might have the resources to get their way back. in Melbourne.
After India fell to 36 to one, Bumrah, who ran Indian bowling with four wickets, praised Siraj for his impressive supporting role.
“Playing his first international game (test), he bowled really well and he was confident to use all his skills,” he said.
“It’s a very encouraging sign for us and I hope he continues to play like this.” (Edited by Peter Rutherford)