Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Mohammed Siraj’s father, Mohammad Ghouse, has sadly passed away due to a lung ailment in Hyderabad on Friday. Mohammad Ghouse was just 53.
Siraj, who earned a call-up to the Test team for the upcoming four-match series in Australia, learned about the unfortunate news after he returned from his practice session.
“My dad’s wish was always this – mera beta, desh ka naam roshan karna (my son, you should make my country proud). And, I will do that for sure,” Mohammed Siraj was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
“I know what kind of hardship my dad faced in my early days driving an auto rickshaw to let me pursue my passion for the game,” said the talented fast bowler.
Mohammed Siraj, who rose through the ranks following a stunning display int the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, where he claimed 41 wickets, said that his father was the biggest support of his life and his ultimate dream was to see hi represent the country at the elite level, something he is glad that he achieved during his father’s lifetime.
“It is shocking. I lost the biggest support of my life. It was his dream to see me play for the country and I am glad that way I could realize that and bring joy for him,” a distraught Siraj informed. The coach Shastri Sir and captain Virat Kohli were informed about the news. They just told me to be bold and are lending all the support,” Siraj said.
With the quarantine rules in place, the fast bowler will not be able to travel to India for the last rites.