Bang vs Ind 1st TEST: India’s Mohammed Siraj and Virat Kohli give a send-off to Litton Das
The duo was seen giving a send-off to Bangladesh cricket team batter Litton Das after Mohammed Siraj cleaned up him on Day 2 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Mohammed Siraj and Litton Das were seen going back and forth. On the first ball of Mohammed Siraj’s over, the India pacer said something to Litton Das to which Litton Das responded walking up to him and gesturing to his ear as if asking the bowler to turn back and repeat what he said.
On the very next ball, Mohammed Siraj got him out as the ball dipped and kept a bit low. Litton Das was unable to judge the low bounce of the delivery, which hit the toe of his bat before rattling into his stumps.
On his way to the pavilion, Virat Kohli gave a send-off to the Bangladesh batsman, gesturing in the same way with his hand the way Litton Das did a ball ago.
Seeing his former skipper, Mohammed Siraj also got into the act. The video of the Kohli-Siraj duo giving it back to the hosts has gone viral on social media.
Bangladesh cricket team was all out for 150 only in the opening session of Day 3 today (Friday). Thanks to Kuldeep’s five-wicket haul and three Siraj scalps, the India cricket team could get rid of the hosts’ top order in time. Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav picked a wicket each.
At the end of the day’s play yesterday, the Bangladesh cricket team was 133/8 in response to India’s 404.
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The difference between both innings was the way their middle order carried. After stand-in captains KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli were dismissed before the India cricket team crossed the 40-run mark in the first inning, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer stood tall.
The trio played their traditional game to propel the India cricket team to go past 400. Iyer chipped in 86 runs, Pant played a quickfire knock of 46 runs off 45 balls, whereas Pujara played his typical, patient knock of 90.
On the other hand, the Bangladesh cricket team couldn’t stop the fall of their wickets.
One after another, their batsmen kept returning to the hut. None of their batters were able to resist the India cricket team's bowling attack.
Litton Das looked good for his 30-ball 24 before Mohammed Siraj got the better of him. Skipper Shakib ul Hasan went only for 3 and Mushiqur Rahim for just 16.
The experienced trio left early and this allowed the India cricket team to feast on the Bangladesh cricket team’s tail and bowling all-rounders.
In the press conference after Day 2, Mohammed Siraj revealed his game plan for the day.
He was of the view that the wicket will produce the outcome he desires if he just continues to bowl at good lengths toward the off stump.
Mohammed Siraj said that he did not want to try to bounce the batsmen out because the wicket did not support short lengths. He was wary that he might concede boundaries in quick succession if he tries to do something extraordinary.
So he targeted the right channels of Test cricket and got rid of the hosts’ top order in time.
Indian fans were quick to praise Mohammed Siraj’s early spells on social media. Some of them also credited Virat Kohli for confiding in his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and introducing him into the red-ball arena under his leadership.
The 28-year-old’s rise in Test matches has been meteoric ever since his debut in 2020 in Melbourne against Australia. He has gone on to clinch 43 scalps in just 14 Tests since then.