Debutant Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast-medium pacer from Hyderabad, got emotional during the second T20 International between India and New Zealand at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on November 4. The son of an auto-rickshaw driver, Mohammed Siraj could not hold back his tears as soon as he stepped onto the field for the first time as a member of Indian Cricket Team playing XI donning the Indian jersey. The incident happened just after the Indian national anthem.
Siraj did not get a wicket in his first spell but made New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson his first scalp in the 15th over when he was brought back into the attack. Williamson is also his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.
Mohammed Siraj found his place in the playing XI after he replaced Ashish Nehra who retired from all forms of cricket on November 1 during the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Earlier, Mohammed Siraj made it to the headlines after he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League season 10 for Rs 2.6 crore.
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Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson elected to bat against India in the second T20 International.
India are 1-0 up in the three-match series after winning the opening tie at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (WK), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.