Biggest achievement of my life: Mohammed Siraj describes his Test debut

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Team India have bounced back really well in the second Test at MCG after having lost the first Test by 8 wickets to Australia. Following that, India brought four changes where two players made their debut as well – Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill.

 

After having won the toss, Australia captain Tim Paine elected to bat first. But their decision didn’t go their way as they lost early wickets. However, it was nothing but a dream debut for Siraj against Australia in Melbourne as he claimed 2 wickets for 40 alongside taking a couple of catches as well. Meanwhile, he had to wait till the 28th over for his spell.

“When I got the cap, I felt good, it was the biggest achievement of my life,” Mohammed Siraj told fielding coach R Sridhar in a video on bcci.tv. “It looked like I wouldn’t get bowling, our bowlers were bowling really well in the first session. After that Ajju bhai spoke to me and I gained a lot of confidence. Jassi bhai (Jasprit Bumrah) also gave me a lot of confidence.”

“My hands were itching to bowl out there, and after lunch when Ajju bhai told me to bowl, I began warming up. Then he said to me ‘you’ll only bowl for two overs’. Jadeja was to be brought on and rightly so because there was moisture on the wicket and it was helpful for the spinners. At that time, I thought I’ll be ready for a run out and contribute that way if I can. I was confident. After lunch when I came in, it had turned into a batting wicket and my plan was to bowl as many dot balls as possible and build pressure. I also got a wicket with that pressure,” he again shared.

He also spoke about his delivery to Cameron Green, which trapped him in front of the stumps. However, he bowled a few outswingers before getting the batsman. However, he said that swing comes naturally to him. He also shared that his outswingers were landing quite well.

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