India tour of Australia: Seasoned Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has heaped praise on his teammate and debutant Mohammed Siraj who bowled a fine spell on Day 1 of Boxing Day Test.
Pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah at the MCG. (AP Photo)
- Jasprit Bumrah has heaped praise on Mohammed Siraj on making his debut
- Siraj produced figures of 2/40 in his 15-over spell in the 1st innings
- Debutant Siraj claimed the wickets of Labuschagne and Green on Day 1
Two years ago, as Mayank Agarwal made his debut, Team India bagged their first ever Boxing Day Test win in Australia. On today’s date, India are back in Australia competing in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, but without Virat Kohli.
However, the Ajinkya Rahane-led team saw the debuts of pacer Mohammed Siraj and opener Shubman Gill (28 not out) on Saturday, December 26. As it turns out, both debutants had a good day at the field. India’s ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) was all praise for Siraj (2/40) who bagged the wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green on Day 1.
“He made his debut, he was very to bowl in the first session [of the 2nd Test], he was waiting for his chance. So, yeah, he’s worked really hard, he’s come up to the ranks. So, yeah, he was bowling well, he was in amidst a good spell,” Bumrah said in a press conference after Stumps, Day 1.
“So, yeah, when he came after lunch, after the first session, so there was not lot happening. So he bowled with a lot of control and then suddenly he started getting a little bit of movement. So he tried to use the best of it and, you know, playing his first Test match he bowled really well and he showed confidence in using all his skills. So that’s a very heartening sign for us and hopefully he continues like that,” he added.
India bowled Australia out for 195, with brilliant spells from Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35) after losing the toss and remained on 36/1 at Stumps Day 1.