No, Mohammed Siraj didn’t slam a century nor did he score the winning runs. The tailender was simply hyping up his partner on the crease who had just smashed a stunning ton against England on Monday.
After securing a fifer in England’s first innings that reduced the guests to 134, Ravichandran Ashwin along with Indian skipper Virat Kohli extended the lead over England on Monday as half the home side was back in the pavilion at a score of 86/5 after Ajinkya Rahane’s departure.
Ashwin’s heroics helped India set up an uphill target of 482 for England to chase.
But all eyes were glued onto the screens when Ashwin was batting at 99. The spinner brought the much-deserved century with a boundary as celebrations at the stadium and online began.
There was someone else cheering for Ashwin too. It was the non-striker batsman Siraj who broke into celebrations and punched the air twice to appreciate what he had just witnessed.
The special moment was caught on camera and cricket fans hailed Siraj’s genuine joy at seeing his teammate reach the milestone.
1. Ashwin after his century
2. Meanwhile Siraj pic.twitter.com/DMWePbvFsp
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 15, 2021
The way Siraj celebrated the hundred of Ashwin makes him so special. pic.twitter.com/hYJcEda89y
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 15, 2021
Mohd. Siraj should be all of us when we see our friends/colleagues succeed in life. pic.twitter.com/DbizycyWch
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) February 15, 2021
Siraj’s genuine joy and celebration on Ashwin’s 100 is a human moment for the ages
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) February 15, 2021
Oh man look at Siraj ❤
This team is ❤❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/LpucU4kwhJ
— jd (@j_dhillon7) February 15, 2021
— ✈️ (@Gkumaarrrr) February 15, 2021
— Arpit Ashwin (@tweetsbyarps) February 15, 2021
Siraj celebrating Ashwin's 100 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/deibbHi2ey
— #Maara (@QuickWristSpin) February 15, 2021
Team India is a family. pic.twitter.com/Xsx9lj8jAK
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 15, 2021
— Dr. Vismay Naik (@drvismaynaik) February 15, 2021
Siraj Miya what a character man … Loving him every day more and more : pic.twitter.com/cx2UeXup5z
— Sai (@akakrcb6) February 15, 2021
SIRAJ APPRECIATION POST.
This guy’s just so pure♥️ pic.twitter.com/agnNtmZ9Xw
— Keerti (@keertieyy) February 15, 2021
Earlier last month, Indian pacers Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj were both in the race for their historic maiden Test fifer on the fourth day of the final Test at Gabba against Australia as the duo ran through the entire Aussie batting order with an exception of David Warner’s wicket scalped by Washington Sundar.
With only one wicket to go to end Australia’s second innings, Siraj eventually ended up picking his first five-wicket haul in the Tests when tailender Josh Hazlewood chipped one of the deliveries to the third man region. Thakur, who had four wickets in his kitty in the second innings of Australia, was stationed at the position and pouched the catch comfortably before breaking into celebrations.
An image that is testament to the spirit in this Indian squad. Both Shardul Thakur and Mohd Siraj were eyeing the final wicket to complete their maiden 5-wicket haul in test cricket.
— Zucker Doctor (@DoctorLFC) January 18, 2021
While Thakur finished the business with 4-61, Siraj’s impressive bowling figures at the Gabba read 5-73.
As Siraj lead the team off the field by raising the cherry to the crowd, the memorable moment for the youngster was made even more special by Thakur who was seen following him with a beaming smile on his face.