India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj had a good first session on Day One of Sydney Test.© AFP
Wasim Jaffer invoked words from former India captain MS Dhoni as he reacted to Mohammed Siraj getting emotional before start of play on Day One of the Sydney Test. Jaffer posted a screenshot that showed Siraj in tears while singing the Indian national anthem and wrote: “Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said ‘You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country.'” Siraj was seen tearing up while he and his teammates sang the anthem before play at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said “You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country.” #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qAwIyiUrSI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2021
“You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country” is what Dhoni had told reporters after India’s defeat to South Africa during the 2011 Men’s World Cup.
The 26-year-old fast bowler had lost his father in November 2020. Siraj was with the Indian squad in Australia at the time.
Siraj chose to stay back in Australia even as he was offered the option to be with his family.
“He wished that I continue playing for India and make my country proud,” Siraj had said remembering his father.
“I just want to fulfil my father’s dream.”
Siraj had a good first session on Thursday as he dismissed Australia opener David Warner, who had returned to the playing XI after a long injury layoff.
Rain played spoilsport early in the Test match as only 7.1 overs were bowled before the covers came on.
Persistent rain at the SCG meant that no further play was possible in the session and an early lunch was taken.
The four-match series is tied 1-1 with Australia and India winning the first and second Tests of the series respectively.
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