Tears rolled down the cheeks of Mohammed Siraj during the Indian national anthem before the start of the third Test against Australia.
In the poignant video uploaded by cricket.com.au, Siraj could be seen wiping his tears at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
It has been an emotional series for the Hyderabad pacer. He had lost his father while on the tour and hasn't been able to return home. He had even remarked that his father dreamed of him representing the country.
Mohammed Siraj, who made his debut in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, has risen to the occasion in the series. The 26-year-old had Mohammed Shami's colossal shoes to fill in his maiden game and he managed that to perfection. In 36.3 overs, he took five crucial wickets for the visitors at an average of just over 15.
In the Sydney Test as well, it was Mohammed Siraj who opened the account for India by scalping the prized wicket of David Warner with a widish delivery. Warner, looking to show some intent, went with hard hands on the ball and was caught at the first slip by Cheteshwar Pujara.
Wasim Jaffer reacts to Mohammed Siraj's emotional moment during the Indian national anthem
"Even if there's little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said "You don't play for the crowd, you play for the country," said Jaffer.
Tim Paine won the toss in Sydney and opted to bat first. Marnus Labuschagne and debutant Will Puvosci have some rebuilding to do. However, the Sydney pitch is flat enough to help their progress.
India will look up to their senior bowlers to trouble the Australians, but Mohammed Siraj and debutant Navdeep Saini's support will be integral to the cause.Published 07 Jan 2021, 10:24 IST