India fielding coach R Sridhar feels Mohammed Siraj’s comeback on the Australia tour showcases the strong character of Indian youngsters.
India fielding coach R Sridhar revealed how the Indian team consoled and supported Mohammed Siraj, who was depressed after receiving the news of his father’s death in Australia. Siraj lost his father in November before the start of the series against Australia. But Siraj decided to stay back in Australia and continue playing.
Siraj ended up as the third-highest wicket-taker on either side in the Test series with 13 scalps in three matches. Only Australian pacers Pat Cummins (21 wickets in four Tests) and Josh Hazlewood (17 in four) took more wickets than Siraj, but they played one more match than him.
“When he lost his father, we were in quarantine. We were not allowed to meet anyone or even leave our rooms. We had security outside each room, so we were continuously video calling him every half an hour. I still remember I once called him and was there for almost 30-40 minutes. He used to cry every now and then,” Sridhar told Sports Today.
Sridhar further added that only physiotherapists were allowed to visit players if needed.
“Only Physio were allowed to visit players. So, Physio Nitin Patel visited Siraj and gave him a shoulder”.
Sridhar also mentioned that no matter what Siraj went through in Sydney, he came back stronger in the rest of the series.
Sridhar added “How Siraj came back in the second innings crumbling the back of Australian batting shows how tough Indian youngsters are and speaks about the volume of society they are brought up and what they can achieve even under extreme pressure. I mean Kudos”. Sridhar added.
The Indian team will face England in the upcoming Test series in India from 5th February. Sridhar informs that they are right now just looking forward to the play against the Strong England team and nothing else.
“Ups and Downs will come with no doubt, we need to get on with it. We are currently not looking forward to the World Test Championship finals but we are definitely looking forward to the England series and then we will take it further from there,” Sridhar concluded.