India head coach Ravi Shastri took to twitter on Friday to appreciate Mohammed Siraj for battling through personal loss & racial abuse in the recently ended Test Series against Australia.
Mohammed Siraj lost his father in November 2020 & then in the second test match at SCG the pacer was subjected to racial remarks from a section of SCG crowd. “Find of the tour for shoring up the bowling attack the way he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial remarks and channelized them to find home in the team huddle,” Shastri captioned a picture of himself with Siraj.
On Thursday, Siraj had revealed that during the SCG test when he was receiving racial abuse from Sydney crowd, the on-field umpires had offered team India to leave the field. He further said that India’s stand-in Captain Ajinkya Rahane refused to leave the game.
“The umpires had said we can leave the game and go if we are upset with the racist comments, but (Ajinkya) Rahane said ‘why should we leave the game, we respect the game and we are here to play’,” Siraj had said.
Mohammed Siraj was the most successful Indian bowler in the recently ended test series in Australia as he picked up 13 wickets in just three matches at an average of 29.54. In the 4th test in Brisbane, Mohammed Siraj led a young Indian bowling attack from the fore-front as he scalped five wickets in Test Cricket.
Mohammed Siraj returned with match figures of seven for 150 as India beta Australia by three wickets at the Gabba to help India clinch the four match test series with 2-1 score.