The Indian seamer, Mohammed Siraj threw some light on his verbal banter with the English all-rounder, Ben Stokes on the opening day of the ongoing fourth Test in Ahmedabad. In the first session of the day, Siraj and Stokes were seen involved in a war of words as the Indian seamer bowled to the English all-rounder. Even India skipper Virat Kohli had to intervene in the chat after which Stokes and Kohli were seen having an animated discussion before the umpire intervened.
After the match, Siraj was seen talking about what had happened on the field. At the end of the day’s play, Mohammed Siraj explained, “Usne mujhe gaali diya (He sledged me first).”
Siraj added that he took up the issue with Kohli, who then was seen having a conversation with Stokes. The England vice-captain scored a gutsy 55 and top-scored for his team in what was another disappointing show with the bat by the visitors. England was eventually got bundled out for a meager score of 205 in their first innings and India was 24 for 1 at Stumps, still 181 runs behind.
Mohammed Siraj had a memorable outing on an opening day, though, picking up a couple of wickets in return for 45 runs. His set-up of Joe Root quite nicely and the delivery that dismissed the England captain was one of the highlights of the day. Siraj made one nip back in off good length and hit Root right in front of the stumps. Root was trapped lbw for five runs.
Siraj then returned to send back Jonny Bairstow (28) with a delivery that hit the batsman high on the back pad. Bairstow reviewed the on-field lbw call but the TV umpire concurred with the initial decision.