Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has recounted the time he lost his father while on his way to fulfilling his ultimate dream to play Test cricket. While Mohammed Siraj did play for India and had a successful tour of Australia, he could not be present for his father’s last rites. The right-arm paceman recalled that after coming from the practice session, he got the news of his dad passing away.
Mohammed Siraj had a highly successful tour of Australia as he played in the last three Tests and took his first fifer in the final Test as India recorded a historic series win down under. The 27-year old also played in the home Test series against England and performed considerably well, pressing his case to be a regular fixture in India’s line-up. Currently, he is gearing up for IPL 2021, beginning on the 9th of April.
Mohammed Siraj revealed that during the Australia tour, as they were in isolation and after coming from a practice session, he got to know of his father passing away. Having called his fiance and mother, they were supportive and told him that Siraj needs to play for India to make his father’s wishes come true. The youngster credited Jasprit Bumrah, who is an experienced player, for standing beside him and guiding him.
“During Australia tour, I was in quarantine and when we came back from practice, I got to know my father passed away. Unfortunately, no one could come to my room. I called home and my fiance, mother were very supportive and they told me that I need to fulfill my father’s dream of seeing me play for India. I called home and my fiance, mother were very supportive and they told me that I need to fulfill my father’s dream of seeing me play for India,” Siraj said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Last year, when I joined RCB, I was low on confidence: Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj also remembered the time when he played with Ishant Sharma, who he enjoyed sharing a dressing room with. The Hyderabad-born cricketer wishes to be the highest wicket-taker for India and revealed he was low on confidence when he joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of IPL 2020. Siraj stated that bowling with the new ball and on a single wicket provided him that push.
“I even played with Ishant Sharma, he has played 100 Tests. It felt good to share the dressing room with him. My dream is to be the highest wicket-taker for India and I will work hard whenever I get an opportunity. Last year, when I joined RCB, I was low on confidence. But when I started bowling with the new ball, I was also bowling on a single wicket, which helped me a lot,” he added.