Indian quick Mohammed Siraj continues to impress in the longest format. In his second overseas tour, the management showed their confidence in him as he made it to the playing XI ahead of the experienced campaigners in Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Siraj’s intent is what has set him apart from the lot.
No matter the situation, Mohammed Siraj steams in with the same intent and passion he bowled the first ball of the match with. And it is that intent that has worked so well for him thus far. The Hyderabad lad has 33 wickets inhis first 10 Tests and continued to impress in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
Mohammed Siraj pulls off a Cristiano Ronaldo
While Mohammed Siraj managed to pick up just one wicket in the first innings, he impressed one and all with his tight line and length. Siraj picked up the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen as Ajinkya Rahane snared a great catch at gully. As the top order of the Proteas crumbled away, Siraj decided to come up with a unique celebration.
The 27-year-old decided to recreate Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic “siiuuu” celebration to mark his first wicket on South African soil. The legendary Portuguese footballer’s signature celebration has been in the news over time and Mohammed Siraj couldn’t help but recreate it in Cenutrion.
Although India couldn’t add much to their total on day three, they were on song with the ball in hand. Having put up 327 runs on the board, the visitors skittled out the Proteas for just 197. Mohammed Shami took five wickets as India secured a commanding 130 run lead going into their second innings.