Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has had a tough few months as he has had to deal with the loss of his father who passed away before India’s tour of Australia got underway. Despite his personal loss, the fast-bowler decided to stay with the Indian camp in order to train and wait for his chance to represent his country in Tests.
The opportunity arrived in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when an injury to Mohammed Shami meant Siraj got the nod to replace him. He repaid the management’s faith by picking up 5 wickets in the Test and followed it up by dismissing David Warner early on Day 1 of the third Test in Sydney. Before the match got underway, Siraj was seen tearing up while the Indian national anthem was played.
Wasim Jaffer quotes MS Dhoni
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer who is known to be quite active on social media took to Twitter to express his thoughts on Mohammed Siraj tearing up during the national anthem. He quoted a line used by MS Dhoni in the process. He said, “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.“
The legend that Jaffer has referenced is MS Dhoni who stated the same during the 2011 Cricket World Cup following India’s loss against South Africa which incidentally turned out to be the side’s only loss in the tournament as they went on to famously lift the trophy.