Hyderabad fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was chosen for the Indian team to face West Indies in the upcoming two-Test series and is now walking on cloud nine.
“Yes, I just can’t explain my joy. This is the biggest day of my career - getting selected for the Test match team is a thing which I have been chasing for the last one year,” says the 24-year-old Siraj.
In a chat with Sportstar, Siraj, who took two 10-plus wicket hauls against South Africa and Australia A teams recently gave credit to India bowling coach Bharat Arun.
“I should not sound talking big, but I was just hoping that my consistent performances would fetch me an opportunity to play Test too for I have been doing well in all the four-day games too,” says the bowler.
“Yes, every time I have something to sort out or to look for moral support, I speak to Arun Sir and he has been a huge source of encouragement always,” says Siraj of Arun, former Hyderabad coach.
“I don’t think there is any big change in my bowling or attitude. Yes, the desire has always been to give off my best for whichever team I am playing for and I am glad that all the hard work is really paying off now,” says Siraj, who had featured in T20Is for India.
“My philosophy is pretty simple. Make optimum use of the chances that come by your way. Definitely, playing for India-A teams with Dravid Sir as the coach is a huge learning curve for me. Well, there can be a no better joy for any athlete than to play in front of home crowd and I hope that will happen if I were to be picked for the second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad (from October 12),” said an emotional Siraj.
(inputs from Sportstar)