India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj got emotional when the national anthem player ahead of day one of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Tears rolled down Siraj’s cheek as India’s national anthem played before he received a pat on the back from fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah who was standing next to him.
Siraj received support on Twitter from former India cricketers Mohammad Kaif and Wasim Jaffer, along with several others, who said that his tears showed how it meant to him to play for India.
“I just want certain people to remember this picture. He is Siraj Mohammed and this is what the national anthem means to him,” tweeted Kaif.
Jaffer added: “Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said ‘You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country’.”