'Boy Has Become A Man': Siraj's Maiden Fifer Impresses Legendary Indian Cricketers
Tendulkar also took to his Twitter handle to praise on both Siraj and Thakur.
Well done Mohd. Siraj on your 1st fifer and @imShard on your important all round performance which has kept the Test rather interesting so far and more importantly, the Test series alive. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/tXmLP2c9FN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2021
Earlier, Thakur -- playing just his second Test -- emerged as India's unlikely hero with the bat as he scored 67 runs which helped the visitors post 336 in reply to Australia's 369.
Very proud of you, Siraj! Not easy to stay on in Australia after losing your father but I am sure your commitment and passion for the game would make him very proud. Congrats on your maiden 5-wkt haul. Many more to come. Keep it up. #AusvInd pic.twitter.com/9DIuhU91Zj— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 18, 2021
Siraj has bowled 134.1 overs, the most by an Indian bowler in the current series which saw the entire frontline attack get benched due to injuries before the fourth and final Test even began. He has ended up being India's highest wicket-taker in the series with 13 scalps.
The right-arm pacer, who made his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the Boxing Day Test, has had a very emotional tour. He lost his father a few days after he arrived in Australia but couldn't return home to attend his burial due to strict quarantine rules that would have taken a lot of time.