Rishabh Pant reveals what England fans did to Mohammed Siraj after he was targeted by them.
With the ball, Mohammed Siraj has had a fantastic England versus India Test series, taking 11 wickets in three innings. However, he failed to pick up a single wicket on Day 1 of the Headingley Test, as India was bowled out for 78 runs. After winning the toss, Virat Kohli elected to bat first. While the batting failed miserably, the bowlers also failed to produce wickets due to which England is in complete control of the 3rd Test. Apart from India’s batting failure, the match also witnessed fans trying to get under the skin of Siraj by teasing him as the match headed towards the close of play.
On the first day of the third Test, Mohammed Siraj was taunted by an English fan who appeared to have asked him the score. The Hyderabad spinner replied superbly, flashing one finger to inform English supporters that India leads the five-match series 1-0 and England is behind. In the press conference following the conclusion of the day’s play, Team India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant said that a ball was thrown towards Siraj from the audience section. According to ESPNCricinfo, it is unclear what type of ball it was or if it was intentionally intended towards Siraj, but the team has not filed a formal complaint.
Pant was questioned why Kohli appeared angry at what the audience was saying at the press conference, to which he answered, “Someone threw a ball at Siraj inside, and he [Kohli] was furious. You can chant whatever you want, just don’t throw anything at the fielders or anything like that. I suppose it’s not good for cricket.”
This isn’t the first time that an Indian player has been singled out by English supporters during the current series. During the Lord’s Test, England supporters also targeted opener KL Rahul. English spectators in the grandstand hurled a wine cork at Team India’s opener, who was fielding near the boundary line, on Day 3 of the Lord’s Test. The English supporters’ gesture enraged Team India captain Virat Kohli, who was fielding in the slips. Then, an enraged Virat Kohli motioned for KL Rahul to return it to the stands. After the wine cork incident, Team India reportedly complained to the umpires. During the first Test between India and England, a few English supporters reportedly shouted racist insults at Indian spectators and players.
After winning the toss, Virat Kohli elected to bat first. KL Rahul was bowled for a duck by James Anderson, giving India the worst possible start. With the bat, Cheteshwar Pujara once again failed, getting gout for only one run. After edging the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, Virat Kohli became Anderson’s rabbit once more. Following Anderson’s remarkable performance, the rest of England’s pacers swiftly got into their stride, chipping away at the opposition’s wickets.
Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran each took two wickets, while Craig Overton took three wickets as India was bowled out for just 78 runs. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed, the England openers, ensured that no more wickets fell during the day, allowing the team to reach 120 for no loss on Day 1. Burns, who struggled for runs, was undefeated in the first two matches with 52 runs, while Hameed went undefeated with 60 runs.
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