India vs Australia: ‘I thought he was excellent’ – Michael Hussey praises debutant Mohammed Siraj


India vs Australia: ‘I thought he was excellent’ – Michael Hussey praises debutant Mohammed Siraj

Michael Hussey and Mohammed Siraj

Michael Hussey and Mohammed Siraj
Michael Hussey and Mohammed Siraj

Speedster Mohammed Siraj made a dream debut during the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG. The Indian pace bowler claimed two crucial wickets during the first innings of the game. Moreover, cricketer experts and social media fans hailed the youngster for making a bright start in the longer format.

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Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey also looked in awe of the 26-year old. Hussey appreciated the debutant’s second spell and was also impressed with the way Siraj enjoyed while bowling. 

“I thought he was excellent. What I liked the most about him is that he had the biggest smile on his face the whole day. He was loving being out there, loving charging in when he got his opportunity to bowl and giving his best efforts. I thought in his first spell, he was very composed,” Hussey said on ESPNCricinfo.

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“It’s not easy – you’re playing your first Test – a boxing Day Test, at the MCG… huge occasion, and he looked calm and in control of his emotions. Yeah, maybe he could have bowled a little bit better but his second spell is when he really came into his own.”

‘Siraj was going to get a wicket almost every ball’

Mohammed Siraj

Michael Hussey hailed young Siraj for his both ways movement with the old ball. He also talked about the wicket of Cameron Green that the Hyderabad-born ‘set-up’ to claim. 

“The ball was a little bit older, and it was interesting that a few of the Indian bowlers… I feel as though they ball better when the ball does get old. Probably a product of being brought up on those flat Indian pitches. Very skilful, you swing the ball late both ways and picked up a couple of crucial wickets for India. You got a feeling that he was going to get a wicket almost every ball,” Hussey pointed out.

“The one I enjoyed the most was the Cameron Green wicket. He set him up beautifully and got a couple of balls to swing away. He almost just dragged his head across the crease and darted that inswinger to get him out LBW. It was a great set up and great execution, and it shows that he has a great head on his shoulders,” Hussey explained.

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