Mohammed Siraj engaged in a heated spat with Steve Smith on Day 2 of the India vs Australia ICC World Test Championship final. The Indian pacer threw the ball on Steve Smith in frustration when the Australian batter pulled out from delivery at the last moment.
Steve Smith slammed two consecutive boundaries off Mohammed Siraj’s over on Day 2 to reach his century. Later in the very next ball, he pulled out from the crease and stopped Siraj midway citing some issue with the spider cam. Frustrated by the event, Siraj threw the ball away at the Australian batter. Smith later explained the reason to Siraj but the pacer was not impressed.
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Just Some Enjoyment- Mohammed Siraj On Throwing Ball Towards Steve Smith
After the end of Day 2, when Mohammed Siraj was asked about his reaction towards Smith on Star Sports, the right-arm pacer said that it was nothing and just some enjoyment.
“It’s nothing. It was just some enjoyment. If you enjoy – your mind will be relaxed. If you take too much pressure, it will affect your bowling. So, it’s nothing,”, the 29-year-old pacer said.
When he was asked whether he did it to agitate Smith, Siraj denied any plans of frustrating him.
“It was nothing. No plans of frustrating him. I was just enjoying my bowling. I was frustrated at that time,” Mohammed Siraj added.
Steve Smith lost his wicket to Shardul Thakur later, scoring 121 runs. Mohammed Siraj emerged as the most successful bowler for India, hitting 4 wickets for 108 runs.
With magnificent tons from Steve Smith (121) and Travis Head (163), Australia managed to pull off a mammoth total of 469-10 in 1st innings. Alex Carey also added crucial runs toward the end, hitting 48 runs.
Later, India lost openers Rohit Sharma (15) and Shubman Gill (13) cheaply. Later, Cheteshwar Pujara (14) and Virat Kohli (14) too failed to go deep with their batting. With Ravindra Jadeja’s 48, India reached 151-5 on Day 2 trailing by 318 runs. On Day 3, Ajinkya Rahane (29*) and KS Bharat (5*) will open the batting for the team.