‘The boy has become a man on this tour’: How Siraj snared his maiden fifer at Gabba


India paceman Mohammed Siraj was urged by his captain Virat Kohli and his mom to remain in Australia and push for choice within the Test crew somewhat than head house to grieve with his household following the loss of life of his father final month.

On Monday, at a cloudy Gabba, Siraj was rewarded for his powerful choice as he grabbed his maiden fifer.

Siraj snared 5 wickets as Australia was dismissed for 294 late on day 4.

Siraj put down two catches earlier than selecting up the important thing wicket of Steve Smith for 55 within the center session. He additionally chimed in with two wickets in an over to take away Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 25 from 22 balls, and Matthew Wade (0) in the identical over.

“I’m grateful I got this opportunity to play for India and managed a five-for. I wish my father was around to see it,” an emotional Siraj advised throughout a video convention after day’s play.

“It was tough after he passed away. I spoke to my family and gained strength after talking to my mother. My focus was to fulfil my father’s dream of me playing a test match for India,” he added.

Siraj has accomplished a lot greater than that and can end the collection as India’s most profitable bowler with 13 wickets from three exams. As he led the facet off the sphere, Siraj acquired a standing ovation from his teammates and was hugged by India’s tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the match with an stomach damage.

Tributes additionally flowed from former gamers for a efficiency that helped to maintain the collection degree at 1-1.

Brief Scores:

Australia 1st innings: 369 all out
India 1st innings: 336 all out in 111.4 overs.

Australia 2nd innings: 294 allout in 75.5 overs (Steve Smith 55; Mohammed Siraj 5/73, Shardul Thakur 4/61).
India 2nd innings: 4/0 in 1.5 overs (Rohit Sharma 4, Mitchell Starc 4/0).

(With Reuters inputs)


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