Watch: Mohammad Siraj celebrates R Ashwin’s Chennai Test hundred, punches air in joy in heartwarming moment
India vs England, 2nd Test: Lower-order batsman Mohammed Siraj, in a heartwarming moment, punched the air in joy as he joined the Chepauk crowd and the India dressing room in celebrating R Ashwin’s hundred on Monday.
Mohammed Siraj punched the air in joy to celebrate R Ashwin’s Chennai Test hundred on Monday (PTI Photo)
- Mohammed Siraj celebrated R Ashwin’s hundred by punching the air in joy
- Siraj stitched a crucial stand with Ashwin, helping the spinner get to his hundred
- Ashwin scored his 5th Test hundred, his first in Chennai on Monday
Mohammed Siraj is surely becoming one of the most likeable cricketers going around. After dealing with personal loss with a lot of grit and maturity in Australia, Siraj provided another heartwarming moment when he jumped in joy in Chennai on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between India and England after his batting partner R Ashwin scored a hundred.
Mohammed Siraj showcased a lot of application and calm as he hung around with R Ashwin to help his senior partner get to a much-deserved hundred on a difficult Chennai pitch. Siraj stayed in the middle with Ashwin for 9.1 overs as he faced 21 deliveries for an unbeaten 16.
Siraj was handed the responsibility of seeing off tough overs and he did that with relative ease, much to the cheers of the Chennai crowd. Every time Siraj defended the England spinners, there was a loud roar from the crowd.
And when Ashwin eventually got to his hundred in Moeen Ali’s over, every member of the Chennai crowd and the India dressing room were up on their feet, lauding the special effort. At the other end, Siraj was seen punching the air in joy and celebrating his partner’s success.
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Siraj has been winning hearts with his performances in Test cricket over the last few months. Siraj fought through the loss of his father and picked up a chart-topping tally of 15 wickets in India’s memorable 2-1 Test series win in Australia. The young fast bowler picked up a wicket of the first delivery he bowled in India when he got the wicket of Ollie Pope in the first innings of the 2nd Test.
The hero of the day was Ashwin who walked the talk after defending the Chennai pitch during his interaction with the media on Sunday. A lot of questions were asked of the pitch after England were bundled out for 134 in their first innings but Ashwin and Virat Kohli showed how to bat on this pitch with a 92-run stand when India were in a spot of bother on Monday.