India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj went to his father’s grave immediately after landing in Hyderabad which is his home town as he returned from India tour of Australia.
Siraj had lost his father in November 2020 while he was in Australia for India tour of Australia. He was given the option of returning back to India but he choose to stay back with the team for the series. “I went to father’s graveyard straight after landing in Hyderabad. I was very emotional,” Siraj told reporters on Thursday evening.
Mohammed Siraj made his test debut in the second test match in Melbourne & finished the epic Border-Gavaskar series by scalping 13 wickets the maximum by any Indian bowler. Later Siraj was seen spending some quality time with his niece in the balcony of his home as he was reunited with his family after a long break of five months. Before the Australia tour, Siraj was also a part of RCB & played in the IPL 2020 in the UAE.
Mohammed Siraj’s father, Mohammed Ghouse, had dreamt of watching Siraj play for India & the fast bowler revealed about his father’s wish on several occasions during the series. Mohammed Siraj scalped his maiden five wicket haul in the fourth test match in Brisbane & said that his sheer focus was on fulfilling his father’s wish.
“I am thankful that I was able to pick five wickets as it was a very tough situation for me after my dad passed away. But after talking to my mom at home, I gained some confidence. The call with my mom made me mentally strong. My focus was to fulfil my dad’s wish,” said Siraj after the fourth day’s play in Brisbane.
“I want to thank God that I got the chance to play for India as it was my dad’s wish too. If he was alive today, he would have been very happy. But I know his blessings were with me and I am speechless after my performance,” Siraj added.