SA vs IND: Ravi Ashwin provides update on Mohammed Siraj’s injury
Siraj sustained a hamstring injury just before the end of day's play in Johannesburg on Monday.
Updated - Jan 4, 2022 12:01 pm
India will be hoping that one of their upcoming seamers Mohammed Siraj recovers soon from the injury he picked up on the first day of the second Test at the Wanderers. Siraj had to pull out in his run-up right before delivering the last ball of his fourth over and it wasn’t ideal scenes for the fast bowler. He showed signs of a hamstring injury and immediately was taken off the field.
Mohammed Siraj was splendid in the first Test and was on the money straightaway in this game until he clutched his hamstring. Bumrah similarly suffered a niggle in the previous Test but he did come back and bowl after leaving the field. The same will be expected from Siraj unless there isn’t any major injury as Ravichandran Ashwin provided an update on him at the end of the first day’s play.
Siraj’s strong character will help him recover, explains R Ashwin
The off-spinner mentioned that the medical team has been working hard on Mohammed Siraj and hoped he comes out again to bowl. He also noted the usual measures that will be taken during these injuries while speaking in the press conference. If Siraj does not come out to bowl on the second day, then the bulk of the bowling will have to be done by Ravi Ashwin as well.
“So I asked Anand before going into the press conference whether I can talk about it and he said I can. The medical staff are assessing him overnight and obviously, I think, it’s very immediate so initially what they do with these injuries is they just ice and see it for the next hour or two. I am hoping with the history that Siraj has, he’ll definitely come out and give his best,” Ashwin said.
South Africa ended the first day at 35/1 and clearly, they are on the front foot at the moment. India earlier could manage just 202 on the board after winning the toss and it will now be up to the bowlers to bring the team back into the game.