“Huge apologies”: Adam Gilchrist says sorry to Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini for commentary goof-up


Former Australia batsman Adam Gilchrist has profusely apologised to Indian bowlers, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini, for a commentary goof-up during India’s first One Day International match against Australia on Friday.

Adam Gilchrist

While on a commentary assignment for Fox Sports, Gilchrist had mistaken Saini for Siraj as he mentioned the cricketer’s father’s demise. However, soon a former New Zealand cricketer and many fans pointed out the error clarifying that it was Siraj and not Saini, who had lost his father a few days ago.

Realising his embarrassing mistake, Gilchrist issued an apology to both Siraj and Saini. He wrote, “Yep, thanks @Mitch_Savage My huge apologies again to all.”

Responding to a fan, he wrote, “Yes, thanks @anshu2912 I realize I was mistaken in my mention. Huge apologies for my error, to both @navdeepsaini96 and Mohammed Siraj.”

Siraj is part of the Indian squad, which is touring Australia. His 53-year-old father, Mohammed Ghouse, passed away in Hyderabad a few days ago after suffering from a lung ailment.

A statement by the BCCI had said that Siraj ‘decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue performing his national duties.’

Reacting to Siraj’s personal loss, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had tweeted, “May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss..lots of good wishes for his success in this trip.. tremendous character.”

Mohammed Siraj had become the first bowler in the history of the Indian Premier League to bowl two back-to-back maidens when he wreaked havoc in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp in the just-concluded IPL competition. Siraj had conceded just eight runs in his quota of four overs and claimed three early wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton.

Speaking after the match, Siraj had said, “First of all I’m very grateful to Allah for today’s performance. Second, I thank Virat bhaiya, who gave me the new ball. I’ve been practicing a lot with the new ball, but got the opportunity only now. So it felt very good.”