Mohammed Shami expresses concern for high-octane celebration of Siraj
By SMCS - Mar 18, 2023 4:40 pm
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India started the three-match ODI series against Australia on a positive note, registering a five-wicket win in the first encounter played in Mumbai. Mohammed Siraj gave India a perfect start as he cleaned up Travis Head for 5 (10). Following the dismissal, there was a huge 72-run stand between Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith for the second wicket, before India successfully returned to the game. However, after the contest both Mohammed Shami and Siraj, who picked three wickets each, had a candid chat, where Shami asked Siraj about his wicket-taking celebration as he is often seen bursting into Cristiano Ronaldo’s Siuuuu celebration following a wicket as well.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami

“I have a question for you as well. Can you tell us what is the secret behind your celebration,” asked Mohammed Shami midway during the conversation. To which Siraj replied: “My celebration is simple. I’m a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo so I try to follow him. When a batter is bowled I celebrate the wicket in that fashion, but if he is caught at fine leg or similar fielding position I don’t do it.”

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Shami shared an important piece of advice to his colleague. “Ek advice hain, acha baat hain aap kisi k fan hain. As a fast bowler aapko yeh jumpo se thoda sa duur rehna chahiye.” (I want to give you an advice. It’s good that you are someone’s fan. But as a fast bowler you need to keep yourself away from such jumps)

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj bowled an exceptional spell

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Hardik Pandya, India captain said after the win: “We were under pressure both the times . We kept our composure and found ways to come out of those situations. Once we got the momentum towards us, we were quite on top of the game. I am really proud of the way we caught today. The number of chances we created … they had to be taken. Outstanding catches by Jaddu and Shubman as well. Talking about Jaddu, he did what he’s capable of. Coming after a break in ODI cricket, the way he finished as well, we needed a partnership with KL and he did the job for us. That was fantastic. It was hot, I was enjoying my bowling. I was enjoying my batting as well. The way KL and Jaddu finished it off and the way they batted, it gave us the confidence. It was very relaxing watching them bat. Overall, a very good victory and very proud of them.”