A bowler making his debut in Australia expects the skipper to toss the new ball at his direction sooner or later to have a go at the opposition. However, that was not the case to be when it came to Mohammad Siraj. The debutant pacer had to wait out an entire session to get the cherry in his hands and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja explained the reason behind the move ahead of Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.
Mohammad Siraj enjoyed a fruitful outing with the red ball despite struggling for a short period of time initially. After garnering rhythm, the pacer was unplayable at times and his efforts drew praise from fans and pundits alike.
Ajiknya Rahane opted to give the new ball to the seasoned duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav. While it was expected that the skipper would bring in Siraj after the end of the first spell, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who got the ball after ten overs.
With Ashwin getting turn and bounce on the slightly damp track, the stan-in captain elected to turn towards Jadeja towards the end of the session. As a result, Siraj only received the chance to bowl after the lunch session. At the end of the day, he bowled 15 overs, almost on par with his fellow senior pacers.
During the pre-match show on Sony Sports Network, Jadeja shed light on the decision to delay the introduction of the debutant into the attack.
“Bowlers were spot on (on Day 1), they were getting wickets in every interval. The wicket was damp, the ball was turning so (Ajinkya) Rahane threw the ball told me to get ready and bowl a few overs before lunch,”
Indian bowling unit, which comprised of 5 members in this test as compared to the four in the previous one, turned up with a clinical performance under the masterful guidance of Ajinkya Rahane.
Australia were only able to amass 195 runs in their first innings at the MCG and despite a good start with the ball, were only able to get away with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal since youngster Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara saw the rest of the overs off with guile.