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Mohammed Siraj becomes the first debutant to take 5 wickets in a test match

Melbourne: Mohammed Siraj from Hyderabad has become the first debutant for India in the past seven years who took 5 wickets in a Test when he finished the second Test match against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and just gave 77 runs in 36.3 overs.

Mohammed Siraj has taken the wicket of Cameron green in both the innings while he has also taken Marnus Labuschagnein in the first innings and Nathan Lyon, Travis Head in the second innings, India has defeated Australia by eight wickets to level the four-test series by 1-1

Mohammed Shami who is replaced by Mohammed Siraj in the MCG test was the last Indian bowler to take at least five-wicket in his debut test when he got nine-wicket against west indies in Kolkata in November 2013.

The Off-spinner R Ashwin who has also played the second Test at the MCG this week took five wickets in his debut test match back in November 2011 against West Indies in Delhi and took nine-wicket.

After the third day of play on Monday, Mohammed Siraj has said that he is focusing on bowling maiden over, dot balls, and not trying anything different He also has given credit to the senior Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah for encouraging him throughout his debut test match.

The Indian team coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday praised Mohammed Siraj by saying that the pace bowler has shown the freat maturity in the match.

Ravi Shastri also said that “Today, Siraj’s effort was outstanding. Siraj might not have the numbers to show but the discipline and the ability to bowl long spells, the maturity he showed for someone playing his first Test match and doing the job he had to do once we lost Umesh was outstanding,”.

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