IND vs AUS Test series: Indian pacemen Mohammad Siraj picked up a fifer against Australia in the ongoing series-decider fourth Test at the Gabba. The 26-year-old right-arm medium pacer has been impressed most among Team India bowlers on day four by picking his maiden five-wicket haul, helping India bundle out the hosts for 289 runs in their second innings of the ongoing series-deciding Gabba Test. Siraj's personal best in his first Test series won him praise from many cricketers, including former players and journalists.
Shubman Gill being dismissed after playing a scintillating knock (91 off 146) with 8 fours and 2 massive sixes and set the tone upfront along with Mr. dependable Cheteshawar Pujara. The duo put a fine 100+ stand for the second wicket. Australia will need to take all the wickets before the end of Day 5 to win the Test. Ajinkaya Rahane led Team India is going pretty well here against the brutal Australian attack on the final day of the 4th Test.
Mohammed Siraj snared a five-wicket haul ( 5 for 73), setting India a stiff target of 328 to win the series-deciding Test. India will need 127 more runs to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy which is leveling at 1-1 now. Tomorrow will be the final day of the two-month-long Australian tour, so Rahane and co are eyeing to clinch the series and ends the tour on a positive note as well.
Before the Border-Gavaskar Test series, Siraj lost his father. He then made a promise to himself. Today, he fulfilled it.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2021
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Mohammad Siraj remembered his late father Mohammed Ghouse at a press conference and said he wished his father was there to watch as he registered his first five-wicket haul for India in Tests. Siraj's father has passed away in late November, unfortunately, Siraj will be unable to return home to Hyderabad for his father's last rites. So, he remembered his late father after his stellar performance.
"My dad had wished that his son would play and the entire world would watch him. I hope he could have been there to watch this day. This is because of his blessings that I have got a five-wicket haul in Tests. I am speechless and can't express my feelings in words," said Siraj as he remembered his father after his stellar performance.
"It was a tough situation, dad's demise. I got strength after talking to mom and my focus was to realize dad's dream," he added.