The Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj revealed his on-field exchange with Bangladesh batter Litton Das on Day 2 of the Chattogram Test on Thursday, December 15. Siraj recalled that he advised the aggressive batter to play cautiously because it was Test cricket and not the shortest format of the game.
Litton and Siraj were seen getting involved in a heated exchange and the Bangladesh batter was dismissed off the very next ball as a result of the course of events. Everything happened in the 14th over of Bangladesh’s inning. Litton Das was batting on 24 after smashing four boundaries in the previous session. However, the Bangladesh batter was forced to play three back-to-back maiden overs in the post-tea session.
Mohammed Siraj came into bowling and Das played a defensive shot off his back foot with ease on the first ball of his over. Siraj, in his follow-through, uttered some words to the batter. The Bangladesh batter also responded to Siraj by making a “what did you say?” gesture with his hands over his ears.
The umpire stepped in quickly, forcing Siraj to go back to his bowling mark. Siraj smacked the deck hard on the next ball. The ball stayed low, striking the bottom edge of Litton’s bat, and ended up crashing into the stumps. Siraj had his finger on his lips in celebration.
Talking about the scuffle, Mohammed Siraj said, “No, nothing. I said, ‘Ye T20 format Nahi hai, ye Test cricket hai (this isn’t T20, this is Test cricket. Play sensible cricket.”
𝙎𝙞𝙧𝙖𝙟 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝
The speedster was difficult to contain as he rattled @LittonOfficial's stumps, eventually picking up 3 before the end of Day 2 🤩🔥
— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) December 15, 2022
The Indian bowling attack, led by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (4/33) and Siraj (3/14), reduced Bangladesh to 133 for 8 at stumps on Day 2. In their first innings, India scored 404. Siraj attributed his success to his ability to bowl with consistent line and length.
In the post-day press conference, Mohammed Siraj said, “The red ball is my favorite. I’m more consistent in a red ball because it’s all about concentrating on line and length. The credit goes to all the bowlers. My approach was to bowl consistently at one place because it is such a wicket that if you try more there are chances to leak runs. My only plan was to hit one spot and got successful.”
The 28-year-old said a fast bowler needs to bowl stump-to-stump to get success in Test cricket.
Explaining the same, Mohammed Siraj said, “I think the more you bowl stump line it is better, because sometimes it is getting lower from there as well as turning. For a fast bowler, it is better to bowl stump line because then you can have LBW chances.”