Compared to first two games, we will have to show a lot of patience on SCG pitch: Siraj

back icon
safari
07 Jan 2021 | 11:05 AM
authorPTI

Compared to first two games, we will have to show a lot of patience on SCG pitch: Siraj

"But Test cricket it is all about patience and we must keep that in mind," said Siraj

heart

Share

India pacer Mohammad Siraj called the Sydney pitch a batting beauty but said the turn it is offering to spinners has given his side a lot of hope moving forward after Australia claimed day one honours in the third Test.

Australia were nicely placed at 166 for two at stumps on day one with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne looking in fine touch. This was after debutant opener Will Pucovski struck 62 to give Australia a strong platform after a four-hour rain disruption.

"It is very a flat wicket. Our plan was to build pressure and not try too much as it is a very easy wicket for the batsman. Even the bouncers are not carrying as well it was in the the earlier games," said Siraj, who made his debut in the previous game.

"But Test cricket it is all about patience and we must keep that in mind."

The odd short balls from the fast bowlers did not trouble the home batsmen on the opening day.

Trusting the trueness of the pitch, the likes of Smith and Labuschagne were not afraid to even step out against the spinners. But the turn late in the day has given India encouragement for Friday.

"It is because of the easy nature of the surface that their batsmen stepped out but when they saw the ball turning sharply late in the day, they went back to the crease," Siraj observed.

"Let's see what happens tomorrow. The plan is to bowl in one tight channel and build pressure."

When the Indian national anthem was played out before the start of the game, Siraj got teary-eyed thinking about his father, who died in November. The pacer had stayed back in Australia to fulfil his dream of seeing him play for India.

Asked about Thursday's emotional moment that was captured on camera, Siraj said: "Just remembered my father at that time. I was really emotional. He wanted me to see playing Test cricket.

"Wish he could see me playing for India."

On to the match again and Siraj said the bowlers made a conscious effort to send down an odd short bouncer to debutant Will Pucovski, who has suffered from concussion on multiple occasions in his short career.

"Last match (the practice match) we were bowling short to him and in this game also we tried that as he was playing them and not leaving.

"So, the plan was to surprise him with an odd bouncer without shifting focus on line and length."

Siraj was also seen talking a lot to fellow pacer Navdeep Saini, who is making his debut here and dismissed a well-set Pucovski.

"Saini and I have played a lot of matches together for India A, so we bond really well. I was just telling him to do what we did in domestic cricket and India A."

On how dropped catches affect the bowlers' morale in the wake of Rishabh Pant grassing Pucvoski twice in the day, Siraj added: "It is part of the game and you do get upset as a bowler when it happens."

"But it is something we can't do much about...It becomes important to move on and focus on the next over."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
IndiaAustraliaMohammed SirajIndia tour of Australia, 2020/21Australia vs India - 3rd Test - Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2020/21

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Ajinkya 'bhaiya' asked me if I could bowl with injury, I had to say yes: Saini
The 28-year-old said he risked aggravating his injury by bowling in the second innings but given what was at stake
userPTI
23 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Siraj is find of Australia Test series: Shastri
In the fourth Test in Brisbane, Siraj led a young Indian bowling attack, picking up his maiden five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game
userPTI
22 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
I can be called a bowling all-rounder, I can bat: Shardul Thakur
The 29-year-old snared seven wickets and was India's top scorer in the first innings, striking 67 while batting at No.8
userPTI
22 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Mohd. Siraj shines Down Under; family members, well-wishers rejoice back home
With 13 scalps, Siraj was India's highest wicket-taker in the memorable 2-1 series win on Tuesday and people in the locality where the cricketer lives erupted in joy
userPTI
19 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Cracks on Gabba strip will play on batsman's mind, feels Siraj
He believed that there are a few spots on the surface, from where the ball might rear up awkwardly
userPTI
18 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Pucovski, Labuschagne put Australia in front
The hosts were 166/2 when the stumps were drawn on Day 1
userHardik Worah
06 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
Getting India cap was biggest achievement of my life: Siraj
Siraj, who lost his father last month when he was already with the Indian team in Australia, claimed two for 40 on the opening day of the second Test
userPTI
26 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Siraj has fulfilled our late father's dream by making Test debut: brother
The family members were glued to the television since 4am to watch the proud moment of Siraj playing for the country in a Test. He has already played one ODI and three T20 Internationals
userPTI
26 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Siraj’s father Mohammed Ghouse passes away
The fast bowler, who is currently in Sydney will not be able to fly down to India to attend his father’s last rites
userCricket.com Staff
20 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Virat handing new ball to me boosted confidence: Siraj
Siraj's first three wickets came without conceding a run as he became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl two maidens in a single game
userPTI
22 Oct 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved