Team India head coach Ravi Shastri on Friday lauded “find of the tour” Mohammed Siraj “for shoring up the bowling attack” against Australia in the recent Test series triumph Down Under.
The pacer ended the series as India’s leading wicket-taker in the series despite going through a personal loss and racial abuses. Ravi Shastri took to Twitter and lauded the pacer to find a home in the team huddle.
“Find of the tour for shoring up the bowling attack the way he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial remarks and channelised them to find home in the team huddle,” Ravi Shastri wrote on Twitter.
Before the start of the series, the Hyderabad-born pacer had lost his father. However, Siraj decided to stay back in Australia and continue playing. Siraj, along with Jasprit Bumrah, was racially abused in the third Test in Sydney.
But, the 26-year-old bagged 13 wickets in the series, including his first five-wicket haul in the series decider at the Gabba in Brisbane. Siraj later said that the racial abuses hurled at him by the Australian crowd made him mentally strong.
“Australian crowd started abusing me, it made me mentally strong. Not letting it hamper my performance was my prime concern,” Siraj had said during a press conference in Hyderabad.
Siraj’s performances have earned him a place in India’s squad for the first two Tests of the four-match series against England. England will be India to play 4 Tests, starting from February 5, followed by 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs.