28-year-old India National Cricket Team pacer Mohammed Siraj, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Hyderabad in domestic cricket, will play his first international match at his home ground in Hyderabad on Wednesday, January 18. his family watch him live at the stadium.
Right arm speedster Siraj made his T20I debut in 2017 against New Zealand, ODI debut in 2019 against Australia and Test debut in 2020 against Australia. Mohammed Siraj has played 15 Test matches, 20 ODI matches and 8 T20I matches so far.
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However, he plays his first international match at his home ground in the first ODI of the three match series against the Tom Latham managed New Zealand national cricket team at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.
Siraj went into the match with great form. He had bowled extremely well with the new ball while defending goal in the third ODI at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday 15 January against Sri Lanka. Siraj ended his spell with the numbers 10-1-32-4, sadly missing out on a much-deserved 5-wicket haul.
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“I am very happy, because it will be my first international match on my own field. I want to say to the fans ‘see you in Hyderabad’”, Siraj had said after the clean sweep against Sri Lanka.
Mohammed Siraj clears Devon Conway to take his Maiden International Wicket home
28-year-old sailor Mohammed Siraj dismissed Kiwi opening batsman Devon Conway on the 4th ball from the 6th over to pick his first international wicket at home.
The local boy bowled three balls before bowling a short ball on the 4th ball, outside the leg stump. The Kiwi opener played a pull shot from the bouncer but only managed to get a top edge and was caught by Kuldeep Yadav on the fine leg. Meanwhile, Siraj’s relatives looked delighted after his first wicket of the match.
Earlier, India won the toss and batted first and India posted a whopping total of 349/8 in 50 overs. The massive dominance of Shubman Gill, while the decent contributions of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav helped India reach the mammoth total.
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