It was a sweet-sour start for the series and for the World Test Championship’s new cycle as the first Test resulted in a draw, owing to the rain gods. The bowlers had their enjoyment in the middle as almost everyone earned rewards. For India, Bumrah and Shami scalped most but others were not too far celebrating their wickets. One such celebration was a very silent one from a not so silent- Mohammed Siraj. The pacer’s aggressive celebration has caught people’s eye but this time around he had a silent way to send off a fierce English batsman- Jonny Bairstow.
Siraj’s way to silence the English batsman
Siraj scalped three wickets in total and got rid of the batsmen, who started to look good in the middle. In the second innings, Bairstow and Root were having a good time in the middle as both the brits had built a 42-run partnership but Siraj broke the partnership. He came and bowled a short delivery to Bairstow which the English batsman played straight into the hands of Ravindra Jadeja. Then came Siraj’s silent send-off as he displayed a ‘finger on the lips’ sign and sent Bairstow off the middle. “There was absolutely nothing in there- he did not say anything. Don’t think there was anything verbal specific”, said Bairstow in the press conference when asked about his wicket.
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Second Test to begin today
Meanwhile, these one-on-one encounters will keep playing as India will take on England for the second Test at Lords, today. After looking dominant in the first Test, India will surely want to stay the same in the second one too. Meanwhile, England after not looking bright in the batting would want to pull up their gears. But both the teams will have to make some forced changes as Stuart Broad from England and Shardul Thakur from India have sustained injuries. It would be interesting to see what changes these sides would make.