Mohammed Siraj will be part of the Test vs. Australia series directly, starting December 17th.© Instagram
The official Instagram handle of the Indian cricket team posted an image showing fast bowler Mohammed Siraj sitting alongside his teammates. Shubman Gill can be seen to the left of Siraj, with Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami and Rishabh Pant seated in the seats behind. While Saha has a focused look on his face, Pant can be seen smiling. “Through ups and downs, ups and downs, we are still together! #TeamIndia, ”the caption read on the Instagram post.
Siraj lost his father on Friday, with the fast bowler in Sydney around this time with the Indian team for the next set away in Australia. The Indian team will play three ODIs, the same number of T20Is and four test matches as part of the long tour.
The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) said Siraj had the option of returning to India to be with his family, but the Booster chose to stay for the series against Australia.
The tour begins on November 27, with the first ODI taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit Sharma will not be on the limited portion of the tour as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury. The injury was sustained during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Skipper Virat Kohli will return home after the end of the first test, having obtained paternity leave from BCCI.
Siraj was recently seen in action at IPL 2020, representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The Pacemaker has made nine appearances during the season, choosing 11 wickets.
Siraj was not selected to the squad for the limited away series game against Australia. It will be directly part of the four-game test series, which begins on December 17.
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