Mohammed Siraj in motion throughout WTC Closing© AFP
Mohammed Siraj courted controversy on Day 2 of the World Check Championship (WTC) Closing towards Australia at The Oval when he threw the ball in direction of Steve Smith’s route in a weird incident. Smith began the day on 95 and was capable of attain his century with two consecutive boundaries off the pacer’s bowling. On the fourth ball of the over, Smith moved away from the stumps simply earlier than the ball was bowled as a result of some difficulty with the spider cam however Siraj went forward and threw the ball straight. Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was not happy with the incident and he made his views clear on commentary.
“What is happening? I mean these are the second and third deliveries of the day,” Gavaskar remarked.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri also took Smith’s side and said that he had “every right” to move away before the delivery was bowled.
“Steve Smith is simply backing away. Did not please Siraj however Smith had each proper to maneuver out of the best way. It is extra the frustration of Siraj being hit for 2 boundaries. He obtained sounded off by Rohit Sharma the earlier ball,” Shastri stated whereas discussing the incident.
India discovered themselves in a troublesome scenario with the early lack of their openers after Australia posted a commendable 469 of their first innings of the World Check Championship ultimate.
Australia added 142 runs to their in a single day complete with the lack of seven wickets earlier than being bowled out one hour into the afternoon session. Mohammed Siraj cleaned up the tail and was the decide of India’s bowlers with 4 wickets.
India batted for 10 overs earlier than the tea break and had been dealt a twin blow as skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill fell to Pat Cummins and Scott Boland respectively.
They had been at 37 for 2 at tea with Virat Kohli (4 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3 batting) within the center, trailing Australia by 432 runs.
Each Rohit (15 off 26) and Gill (13 off 15) appeared in good contact earlier than flattering to deceive. Rohit missed a ball from Cummins that was angled in earlier than Gill inexplicably determined to depart a supply from Boland on size solely to see his stumps being uprooted within the following over.
(With PTI inputs)
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