Mohammed Siraj got teary-eyed as the national anthem of India played at the Sydney Cricket Ground before the start of the third Test against Australia on Thursday. When Tim Paine put in the hosts to field, an emotional Siraj was seen wiping his tears before opening the bowling alongside Jasprit Bumrah.
After the day’s play, Siraj revealed that the memories of his father, who passed away last year when he was in Australia for India’s tour Down Under, brought tears to his eyes.
“When the national anthem was playing, I was missing my father, so that’s why,” he said, when asked why he got emotional.
“It was very emotional, because Dad wanted to see his son play Test cricket, so if he had been here today, he would have been able to realise that dream,” Siraj said.
Despite the demise of his father, Siraj, who travelled to Australia from the United Arab Emirates immediately after the Indian Premier League, chose to stay with the team with hopes of playing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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Siraj made his Test debut at the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, claiming the Marnus Labuschagne’s coveted scalp, which was his first wicket in the game’s longest format in Australia’s first innings.