Brisbane: An emotional Mohammed Siraj struggled to explain his maiden five-wicket haul in phrases however sounded a phrase of warning in regards to the cracks on the Gabba floor creating confusion within the Indian batsmen’s minds on the ultimate day of the fourth Test. Playing in his maiden Test sequence, Siraj grabbed 5 for 73 within the Australian second innings on Monday. He believed that there are just a few spots on the floor, from where the ball would possibly rear up awkwardly when his workforce units out to chase a report goal of 328 on Tuesday to win the four-match sequence towards Australia.
“When they bowl, obviously there will be some confusion, it will play in the mind of the batsmen that there are cracks on the pitch but our batsmen are prepared for this. We will come to know only tomorrow,” Siraj mentioned at a digital press convention.
When he was requested if he could be required in pursuit of the entire, he replied: “If I get the opportunity, then I will bat.”
“… But naturally our aim is to win this series, especially after so many injuries, despite which our team fought hard in the first innings,” he mentioned.
The quick ball to eliminate Steve Smith was his favorite among the many 13 wickets within the sequence, alongside with the dismissal of Marnus Labuschagne. “In the whole series, I feel it would be Steve Smith’s wicket, there was extra bounce from the area where I thought I will get it. He is the best batsmen in the world and it gave me a lot of confidence, also the wicket of Marnus (Labuschagne), it boosted my confidence.”
The 26-year-old Hyderabad pacer thanked skipper Ajinkya Rahane for his fixed assist and encouragement. “Also the kind of opportunities that the youngsters got, whether it is Natarajan or Washington, all have grabbed them, everyone has performed. I will especially thank Ajinkya Rahane for trusting the youngsters and showing confidence in me, he was talking to me all the time and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Having misplaced his father throughout the ongoing tour and being unable to return for his final rites, Siraj had a troublesome final two months however ultimately, the onerous work has reaped dividends. “My dad had wished that his son would play and the entire world would watch him. I hope he could have been there to watch this day. This is because of his blessings that I have got a five-wicket haul in Tests. I am speechless and can’t express my feelings in words.”
“It was a tough situation, dad’s demise. I got strength after talking to mom and my focus was to realise dad’s dream,” he mentioned.
During the sequence in which all senior pacers pulled out as a consequence of harm or health points, Siraj has bowled 134 plus overs in three Test matches. “I would give credit to one of our trainers, Sohum bhai (Desai) created a programme for me and was after me, checked my protein intake (he has cut down on biryani), training and fitness lockdown,” he mentioned.
“He was helping me since lockdown and I followed his programme. Test cricket demands a different kind of fitness.”
He led the Indian assault after enjoying in a mere two Test matches and his expertise for India A has helped him so much. “I don’t consider myself as a senior bowler but since I have played a lot of domestic and India A, it helped. I missed Jassi bhai (Jasprit Bumrah). So I had to take more responsibility and build pressure and don’t try too many things.”
“You set up the batsman by first bowling a series of inswings followed by an outswing, after that 1-2 over bowled on the same channel and then change the line. The idea is to keep on building pressure,” he mentioned.