Mohammed Siraj, who is part of India’s Test Series cricket team against Australia, suffered tragedy on Friday after the death of his father, Mohammed Ghouse, from lung disease. Mohammed Siraj’s father was 53 years old. Mohammed Siraj only learned of the news of his father’s death after completing the training session at Sydney’s Blacktown Oval. However, what is even sadder is that Mohammed Siraj will not be able to travel to India for the last rites because he is in Australia and the coronavirus restrictions are in place. The Indian team, currently in the midst of a 14-day quarantine period, trained in isolation on the outskirts of Sydney city after arriving in the country on November 13.
Speaking to Sportstar, Mohammed Siraj said Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have offered him considerable support. “My father’s wish has always been this – mera beta, desh ka naam roshan karna (my son, you should make my country proud). And I will do it for sure. I know what kind of difficulties my dad faced when I started driving an auto rickshaw to let me pursue my passion for the sport. It’s shocking. I lost the greatest support of my life. It was his dream to see me play for the country and I’m happy that I was able to make it come true and bring him joy. Coach Shastri Sir and Captain Virat Kohli have been made aware of the news. They just told me to be bold and give me all the support, ”Siraj said.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise Mohammed Siraj represented at IPL 2020, also posted a heartfelt tweet. “Our sincere prayers and condolences go out to Mohammed Siraj and his family for the loss of his father. The whole RCB family is with you during this difficult time. Stay strong, Miyan, ”the franchise tweeted.
Fast climb for Siraj
Mohammed Siraj became the main wicket taker for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy in the 2016/17 season, ending with 41 wickets. This performance in the Ranji Trophy catapulted him to a 2017 IPL auction where he was brought in for Rs 2.6 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The son of a rickshaw driver was now on the fast track to success. Under the mentorship of Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and VVS Laxman, Mohammed Siraj took his baby steps towards the bowling superstar, but it did not materialize. In 2017/18, Mohammed Siraj topped the bowling charts with 23 wickets in seven games in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. The exploits of the Vijay Hazare Trophy helped find a new home and it was Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers. Bangalore.
In the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohammed Siraj delivered the charm of the ages that silenced all years of criticism in one fell swoop. Siraj became the first bowler in IPL history to win two maiden overs and finished in numbers 4-2-8-3.