Mohammed Siraj is facing lots of mixed emotions since the last few months. First he got his maiden test call-up for national team and when he was in Australia with the Indian team he was devastated by the news of his father’s death.
However the pacer was encouraged by his family & team & so he chose to stay back Australia to fulfil his father’s dream of playing in the Test Cricket. Mohammed Siraj finished the series as India’s highest wicket-taker by scalping 13 wickets & on Thursday he revealed that each one of those 13 wickets was completely dedicated to his father.
“I dedicated every wicket to my father,” said Siraj after landing in Hyderabad following the gruelling tour that lasted over two months.
“My celebration with Mayank Agarwal was a dedication to dad,” he added.
Mohammed Siraj & Mayank Agarwal both pointed to the sky in celebration after the pacer picked up his maiden five wicket haul on day 4 of India’s historic win at the Gabba Brisbane.
“Firstly, my father’s death was very difficult for me and I was quite depressed. But I spoke with my family and they told me to fulfil my father’s dream,” Siraj said during his press conference.
“My fiancee also played a big role, as she always backed me and kept motivating me. The team also gave me a lot of support,” he added.
The Indian team returned back to India on Thursday just two days after clinching the test series 2-1 despite of battling with several injuries & racial abuse from the crowd. Soon after reaching to Hyderabad, Siraj went directly on his father’s grave.