After spinners Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel dominated the England batsmen on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test in Chennai, skipper Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Mohammed Siraj.
Despite getting the bowl in the 39th over, much opposite to normal conditions, Siraj showed his way with the ball just on his first delivery. He defined Olle Pope’s journey to the pavilion after dismissing him on 22 runs.
Siraj’s first wicket on the Indian soil
Siraj bowled a short, sliding down leg delivery which received a slight touch from Ollie Pope’s bat and went flying to the left of the keeper. Pant grabbed a spectacular one-handed catch while diving leftwards and caught the ball.
Mohammed Siraj is playing his first Test of the series and his first on the Indian soil. He replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the ongoing second Test as the former has been rested for the matches scheduled ahead.
Mohammed Siraj wreaked havoc during India’s tour to Australia that concluded in January this year. The 26-year-old Siraj was India’s leading wicket taker in the Border-Gavaskar series.