Former cricketers Mohammad Kaif and Wasim Jaffer on Thursday hailed pacer Mohammad Siraj for demonstrating extraordinary responsibility towards playing for the nation.
Before the beginning of the game of the third Test between India and Australia, Siraj was found in tears while singing the national anthem. The authority of Twitter handle of cricket.com.au shared a little clasp of Siraj getting emotional as the national anthem of India was being played.
Siraj had lost his dad before the beginning of the Australia visit, yet the pacer chose to remain back to satisfy his dad’s fantasy about seeing him play Test cricket for the country. Siraj had lost his father before the start of the Australia tour, but the pacer decided to stay back to fulfil his father’s dream of seeing him play Test cricket for the country.
Kaif took to Twitter to applaud the young cricketer’s determination and commitment towards playing for the country despite going through so much.
“I just want certain people to remember this picture. He is #SirajMohammed and this is what the national anthem means to him,” tweeted Kaif.
On the other hand, Waim Jaffer said that there is no better motivation than playing for one’s country. “Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said, “You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country,”.
Asked to bowl first, India got off to an ideal beginning as Siraj dismissed David Warner (5) in the fourth over of the innings. Warner went for a drive, yet he just figured out how to get an external edge and a straightforward catch was skilled to Cheteshwar Pujara from the start slip.
This is the first time in quite a while that Warner had been dismissed for under 10 runs in a home Test. Siraj made his presentation in the Boxing Day Test against Australia and the pacer figured out how to dazzle every last one, as he proceeded to take five wickets in the match.