Watch: Mohammed Siraj breaks down in tears as SCG roars with India’s national anthem at start of third Test

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  • Hearing the national anthem of your country play inside a stadium right before the start of a sporting contest does bring immense joy to the heart.

Watch: Siraj gets emotional during India's national anthem

  • Over the years, fans have seen many incidents involving sportspersons showing their passionate sides while singing national anthems.
  • On Day 1 of the third Test between India and Australia, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj showed how much playing for his country really meant for him as he broke while India’s national anthem was being played.
  • The Indian cricket team arrived at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a resounding 8-wicket victory at the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
  • The tour has been a see-saw battle between the two sides right from the first ODI. While Australia won the ODI series, India came on top in the T20Is. After the first two Tests, the scores are tied 1-1.
  • Siraj, who made a memorable debut in the longest format of the game for India in Melbourne, arrived in Sydney hoping to continue the same level of performance, stood in the middle of the stadium shoulder-to-shoulder with his teammates.
  • As the national anthem started to play in the mesmerizing MCG, Siraj seems to have gotten emotional.
  • Soon, tears rolled down his cheeks which Siraj casually wiped away. The video of the incident was captured on cameras and even Cricket Australia shared it on social media. That was just the start, as soon after, fans also started sharing clips of Siraj breaking down into tears on social media platforms, highlighting how passionate the speedster is for the game and his country.

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  • It has been an emotional series for Siraj who lost his father during the course of the series. The pace bowler decided to stay for the entire length of the series and not head home for the last rites of his father. He soon went on to earn his maiden Test cap and turn his father’s dream into a reality.

    Siraj draws first blood

  • After taking 5 wickets in the second Test against Australia, Siraj continued his form in the third Test. The pacer bagged the big wicket of David Warner in only the 4th over of the innings, getting the Aussie caught in slips. Warner’s dismissal was India’s only triumph before rain interrupted the proceedings at the venue.

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