India tour of Australia: Mohammed Siraj has become the first Indian bowler to pick up 5 wickets on Test debut in a match in Australia in the last 50 years. The India pacer finished with figures of 5/77, including a 3-wicket haul in the 2nd innings.
Boxing Day Test: With 5 wickets on debut, Mohammed Siraj emulates Lasith Malinga (AP Photo)
- Mohammed Siraj picked up 5 wickets on Test debut in Australia
- Siraj finished with match figures of 5/77 against Australia at MCG in the Boxing Day Test
- Siraj only 4th visiting bowler in last 50 years to pick up 5 or more on debut in Australia
Mohammed Siraj had a dream Test debut. The Hyderabad fast bowler overcame the death of his father to stay on in Australia and when he got an opportunity, he made the most of it in the 2nd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Mohammed Siraj finished the Boxing Day Test with figures of 3/37 and 2/40, thereby picking up 5 wickets across 2 innings as Australia were bundled out for 195 and 200. Siraj stepped up in the absence of Umesh Yadav in the 2nd innings as he complimented Jasprit Bumrah quite well. Siraj conceded at less than 2 runs in the 2nd innings and less than 3 in the 1st innings.
With the 5-wicket match haul, Mohammed Siraj has joined Lasith Malinga in an elite list of visiting fast bowlers taking 5 or more wickets on debut in Australia in the last 50 years. Malinga, who made his debut in 2003 against Australia in Darwin.
Visiting Test debutants with 5 or more wickets in last 50 years
Phil DeFreitas (England) – 5 for 95 in 1986-87 (5-94 in match, 1986-87)
Alex Tudor (England) – 5 for 108 in 1998-99
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) – 6 for 92 in 2004
Mohammed Siraj (India) – 5 for 77 in 2020
Screengrab from @Zaltzcricket Twitter
Mohammed Siraj got the big wicket of Cameron Green on Day 4 morning with a half-hearted bouncer. Siraj came back to pick up Nathan Lyon’s wicket for 3 as Australia were bundled out for 200. On Monday, Siraj got the important wicket of Travis Head as Australia slipped to 133 for 6 at Stumps.
Siraj looked ready from the word go as India gave the Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler his debut in the absence of Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with a fracture.
Siraj responded to his captain Ajinkya Rahane’s call with a fine showing in both the innings. The Hyderabad pacer showcased tremendous control and gave nothing away to the Australian batsmen.
India stepped up as a bowling unit after Umesh Yadav limped off with an injury early in the 2nd innings. Lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah said India didn’t want to crib about the absence of Umesh but decided to help each other.
“The chat was to not complain about being a bowler short and to try and make the run-scoring hard for their batsmen. We were just trying to help each other and have good communication with each other,” Bumrah said.