India pacer Mohammed Siraj was in tears when India’s nationwide anthem was being performed earlier than the beginning of the third Check towards Australia on Thursday. Tears rolled down Siraj’s eyes earlier than Jasprit Bumrah, standing subsequent to him, gave the Hyderabadi pacer a pat on the again.
Siraj had misplaced his father in November, days after the Indian crew landed in Australia for the multi-format tour. The fitting-handed pacer was additionally given the choice to go again residence to be together with his household. Siraj, nevertheless, selected to remain in Australia as it might’ve concerned quarantine intervals.
Siraj had a fruitful outing within the Boxing Day conflict, his maiden Check, the place he plucked 5 wickets on the MCG. Within the on-going Sydney Check, he eliminated David Warner early within the innings to offer the guests with a superb begin.
After the tip of the day’s play, Siraj defined why he was unable to cover his feelings. “I missed my dad when the nationwide anthem was taking part in. It was an emotional second. My dad needed me to play Check cricket for India. He would’ve seen me taking part in if he was alive,” mentioned Siraj through the digital press convention.
Siraj’s on-field second acquired applause from a number of followers in addition to cricketers. Former India batsmen Wasim Jaffer and Mohammad Kaif each lauded Siraj’s feelings.
Jaffer, in actual fact, used Dhoni’s phrase to heap reward on Siraj. “Even when there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no higher motivation than taking part in for India. As a legend as soon as mentioned: ‘You do not play for the gang, you play for the nation.’,” Jaffer tweeted. The quote, “You do not play for the gang, you play for the nation,” was initially given by former India skipper MS Dhoni.
Even when there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no higher motivation than taking part in for India. As a legend as soon as mentioned “You do not play for the gang, you play for the nation.” 🇮🇳 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qAwIyiUrSI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2021
The 2011 World Cup-winning skipper had made the remark after India’s defeat towards South Africa in the exact same match. It will definitely turned out to be India’s solely defeat within the 2011 World Cup the place they lifted the trophy by defeating Sri Lanka within the closing.
In the meantime, India are presently tied 1-1 within the four-Check collection towards Australia. After levelling the collection with a complete victory in Melbourne, Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian unit might be eyeing to achieve a 2-1 lead by defeating mighty Australians within the third Check in Sydney. In absence of standard skipper Virat Kohli, the Indian contingent put up a commendable effort on the MCG, recovering sharply from their horror batting collapse within the first Check at Adelaide Oval.