Australia vs India 3rd test match: Team India young pacer Mohammad Siraj was thinking about his late father when he broke out in tears while singing the National Anthem before the start of the third test match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Mohammad Siraj’s father left his family in November when Siraj was with Team India in Australia. The pacer stayed back with the team to fulfill his father’s dream of Siraj playing for India.
After the end of the play of Day 1 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Mohammad Siraj was asked about the emotional moment when he was seen wiping off tears he said: “Just remembered my father at that time. I was really emotional. He wanted me to see playing Test cricket.
“Wish he could see me playing for India.”
Mohammad Siraj’s Father died late last year when the Australian tour just started. Siraj made his test debut against Australia in the second game at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Siraj was brilliant in his debut game picking a total of 5 wickets and he managed to pick David Warner in the SCG test early on.
Australia 166/2 at Stump’s on Day 1:
Before the stumps on Day 1, Australia seems to be in a good position at 166/2. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are still in the middle with both looking in fine touch. Earlier debutant opener Will Pucovski struck a well-crafted half-century to provide Australia a solid opening stand.
“The wicket is fully flat. There is no movement and the surface is easy to bat on. We did not try much as this is an easy surface. Even the bouncers are not carrying as well it was in the earlier games,” said Siraj
“But Test cricket it is all about patience and we must keep that in mind,” he added.