Head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri picks Mohammed Siraj as the ‘find of the tour’ as India conquered Australia for the second consecutive time in their own backyard. Several youngsters stepped up in absence of senior players who missed games due to a spate of injuries in the Indian squad.
However, Ravi Shastri picked Mohammed Siraj over the likes of Shubman Gill and T Natarajan as the find of the tour as the pacer battled on and off-field challenges to return as the leading wicket-taker of the series for India.
Mohammed Siraj lost his father, Mohammed Ghaus, a week after he landed in Australia. Siraj’s 53-year-old father, who was an auto-driver, sadly passed away owing to a lung ailment. However, after hearing the news of his father’s demise, Mohammed Siraj decided to stay back in Australia with the team to fulfil his father’s dream – he was given his debut cap in the second Test of the series after Mohammed Shami got injured.
By the time the fourth Test commenced, he was the senior-most Test pacer in the team. Mohammed Siraj picked 13 wickets, including his maiden five-wicket haul, in the 3 matches he played. He was also subjected to racial abuses by the crowd. Hence Ravi Shastri lauds Siraj for winning all the battles, internal and external, bravely.
“Find of the tour for shoring up the bowling attack the way he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial remarks and channelised them to find home in the team huddle,” tweeted Ravi Shastri.
I went to the graveyard straight from the airport to sit with my dad for some time: Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj has revealed he didn’t go to his house directly after landing in India from Australia. Siraj drove straight from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to the graveyard in Khairtabad where his father was buried. He went to the graveyard in order to pay his final respects to his departed father.
“I didn’t go home, directly. I went to the graveyard straight from the airport, I went there to sit with my dad for some time. I couldn’t speak to him but offered flowers to his grave,” Mohammed Siraj told Sports Today.
Find of the tour for shoring up the bowling attack the way he did – Mohd Siraj. He fought through personal loss, racial remarks and channelised them to find home in the team huddle ?? pic.twitter.com/qkzpXgqQiX
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 22, 2021