In a very bizarre incident that happened after the first day of India vs England first Test, pace bowler Mohammad Siraj was seen grabbing spin bowler Kuldeep Yadav by his neck. It seemed as if both players were having a light moment. The incident happened after the end of the first day. The players were returning to the dressing room and Mohammad Siraj was standing at the door. In the video that has gone viral on social media, Kuldeep Yadav, who wasn’t part of India’s playing XI was walking towards the door. However, Siraj standing there, grabbed Kuldeep by his neck. Kuldeep, on the other hand, was taken by surprise by Siraj’s action but he too joined in the fun as he was seen listening to his teammate patiently.
Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were expected to play in the ongoing first Test against England in Chennai. However, the management sprung a surprise by leaving them both out of the playing eleven. India preferred Ishant Sharma as the second fast-bowler and Shahbaz Nadeem as the second spinner in place of Siraj and Kuldeep respectively. The right-arm pacer had picked up 13 wickets and played an integral role in India’s 2-1 series win. Kuldeep, on the other hand, seems to have completely fallen down the pecking order at the moment. The highly-rated spinner has not played a Test since taking a five-wicket haul in the Sydney Test against Australia in January 2019. Speaking about the match, Skipper Joe Root's double ton was the highlight as England ended Day 2 of the first Test in Chennai at 555/8. Root became the first batsman ever to score a double century on his 100th Test as his 218-run marathon knock took England took a commanding position at stumps.