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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 16:06 IST

WATCH | Virat Kohli tells Mohammed Siraj how to dismiss Jansen; Siraj does it and next ball WICKET

It is believed that Siraj was brought into the Indian side at the insistence of Virat Kohli, who was the captain of the team in all formats for several years.

Vishal Tiwari
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj | Image:Star Sports
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The camaraderie between former India captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj is very well-known among Indian fans as it is always evident whenever the two players are on the field together. It is believed that Siraj was brought into the Indian side at the insistence of Kohli, who was the captain of the team in all formats for several years. Siraj has since become a staple in the Indian Test squad, especially when they are touring abroad. 

3 things you need to know

  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in Cape Town
  • India bowled South Africa out for just 55 runs
  • Mohammed Siraj picked up 6/15 in 9 overs

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Here's how Virat Kohli helped Mohammed Siraj dismiss Marco Jansen

During the second Test match between India and South Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday, Mohammed Siraj registered his career-best figures in international red-ball cricket as he picked up a six-wicket haul. Siraj bowled a deadly spell during the first session of Day 1, taking the wickets of six South African batters, eventually helping India bowl out their opponents for just 55 runs. 

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After the dismissal of David Bedingham in the 16th over, Marco Jansen came to bat in the middle. Siraj was bowling for India and was steaming hot as he had just secured the wicket of Bedingham. Virat Kohli, who was fielding at the slip, secretly gestured to Siraj, asking him to bowl an outswinger. Siraj listened to his former captain and did exactly what he had asked for. In the next delivery, Jansen gets an outside edge as he comes forward to defend the ball.  

Siraj then burst into a celebration as Jansen went back to the pavilion for a duck. Siraj came back in the 18th over to dismiss Kyle Verreynne for 15 off 30 balls. Apart from Siraj, Mukesh Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah also contributed as they picked up 2 wickets each. 

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 16:06 IST

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