'Why is it funny?' - Alyssa Healy as a fan mocks Mitchell Starc after Mohammed Siraj picks more wickets than him

‘Why is it funny?’ – Alyssa Healy as a fan mocks Mitchell Starc after Mohammed Siraj picks more wickets than him

Alyssa Healy added that Siraj's wickets just reflect his ability and talent. 

Mitchell Starc and his wife Alyssa Healy. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The right-arm quick Mohammed Siraj has stunned the who’s who of the cricket fraternity with his impressive performance with the ball throughout the Australian series. Siraj was given his maiden Test cap in the second of the ongoing four-match series against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground after Mohammed Shami suffered a fracture.

The Hyderabad pacer had a dream debut as he picked as many as five wickets across two innings. This was followed by the seamer scaling two wickets in the third game while bowling parsimonious spells. Siraj again weaved his magic in the third innings of the ongoing final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

He became the first Indian cricketer in the series to pick a five-wicket haul. The 26-year-old also achieved the remarkable feat of scalping the wickets of both Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the same innings. Thus, Siraj has a total of 13 wickets to his name in the marquee series thus far.

While Mohammed Siraj was lauded by many in the cricket fraternity for producing an excellent show in Australia, a cricket fan took this as a chance to troll Australia’s mainstay pacer Mitchell Starc, who is having a decent outing in the marquee series.

Starc, after the first innings of India in the fourth Test, has 11 wickets in the Border-Gavaskar series. “Lmao Siraj has more wickets than Starc in this series #AUSvIND,” wrote the fan laughing at Starc’s poor outing.

Alyssa Healy engages in a war of words on Twitter

These remarks by the fan didn’t go well with Australia’s women cricketer and Starc’s better-half Alyssa Healy as she reckoned that nothing is amusing if Siraj has picked more wickets than Starc. Healy further added that Siraj’s wickets just reflect his ability and talent. “Why’s it funny?! Reflects Siraj’s ability and reward for effort,” Alyssa Healy tweeted.

This reaction by Alyssa drew the attention of another fan who questioned the cricketer if she thinks that Starc has no ability. “According to you.. Either Starc has no ability or he isn’t putting enough efforts,” another fan questioned. To this Healy responded, “Actually no. I’m giving credit to a young Indian bowler who’s had an incredible series and should be praised for his efforts!”