Indian young fast bowler Mohammed Siraj could not have imagined that he would be meeting his father for the final time when he left for the UAE to participate in IPL 2020. But life as unpredictable it is, it also is unforgivable. While Mohammed Siraj was serving his quarantine period and getting ready for the Test series, he received the news that his father has passed away. Nevertheless, the 26-year old’s brother has revealed his target to pay tribute to his father.
Mohammed Siraj put up a much-improved performance in IPL 2020 as compared to last year’s edition. Siraj, who made his international debut in 2017 against New Zealand, has so far played three T20Is and a solitary One-day international. The Hyderabad-born fast bowler has received a call-up to the Test squad, rewarded for his performances in first-class cricket. He has picked up 147 wickets in 36 fixtures at 23 with 13 four-wicket hauls.
Mohammed Siraj’s brother Mohammed Ismail was immensely grateful to captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri for standing beside him like a rock. Ismail claimed that his younger brother needs plenty of support at this challenging time and the speedster went on to promise that he will win the Test series to pay tribute to his late father.
“I am in touch with Team India manager. He has been so kind. I am really thankful to Virat bhai and Ravi Sir who are there and supporting Siraj. Other team-mates also visit him in his room and support him a lot. Siraj needs a lot of support at this time. Siraj has promised that he will do well in the series and pay a fitting tribute to our father. He wants to win the series for him,” Ismail told Times of India.
Mohammed Siraj wanted to come back but I told him to stay there: Ismail
The 26-year old’s elder brother also revealed that he was the one to ask the cricketer to stay in Australia despite wanting to come. Having received a lot of love from their father, all Siraj does is cries when the siblings speak on the telephone and that the loss is irreparable to say the least.
“Siraj wanted to come back but I told him to stay there. He is the youngest member of the family and got so much love from our father. He is in quarantine in Australia and whenever he calls, he just cries. I told him the loss has happened and it is irreparable,” he added.