We may be just two matches at the Border-Gavaskar trophy, but a lot of positives have already emerged for the Indian cricket team. In Adelaide, despite the fact that tourists suffered eight wickets, India was at the top after the first six sessions of the test match before it burst in two. When they entered Melbourne, no one would have given a chance, but under team captain Ajinkya Rahane, the team played a challenging performance and beat the series 1-1.
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There were many architects of that victory. Rahane took the lead in the front and recorded a magnificent century. Two players in their twenties, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj, made their test debut and excelled. While hitter Ravindra Jadeja’s share price continues to rise, R Ashwin has once again proved eligible for bowling abroad. India has had some gains, but it’s Siraj who was greatly impressed by former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody. The fast baller hits the ball surprisingly well, pulling 5 wickets in the game with 3/40 and 3/37 figures.
“Mohammed Siraj, it was really impressive. We’re having another great Indian cricket story. This comes from very humble parenting and is a young man who got an IPL opportunity from Sunrisers before going to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now he’s playing test cricket,” Moody told ESPNCricinfo.
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“To me he saw everything as a test cricketer at home. Whether he has a bowl in his hand, on his mark, or even when he was in the field. He tried to save every run you want from the point of view of the captain and coach. This is very important.”
One of the surprising inclusions when the Indian squad for the Australian tour was announced, Siraj was immediately impressed by coming in for the wounded Mohammed Shami. He won the turnstile by the dangerous Marnus Labuschagne pulling the leg and placing the all-around player Cameron Green. In 2 innings, he disbanded Travis Head, Green and Nathan Lyon when Australia fold to 200. Moody has been swayed by Siraj’s energy levels and believes that the 26-year-old player could be a valuable asset for the offshore team.
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“He kicked everything he had and threw himself on the field with a young experience, but my god, when he threw the ball he knew exactly what he was doing, he knew his role and bowled the right length, he hitter’s right I constantly challenged the front pat,” Moody added.
“He’s fast enough to get in the way of top-notch players. India has found a goalkeeper there and is someone who will thrive abroad because of the way he expresses the seams. He can swing the ball and move it off the pitch. He is a great find in India.”