Mohammed Siraj made his Test debut in the just-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Australia, where he finished as the highest wicket-taker for the side and helped India retain the title. It was during his stint in Australia when his father had passed away.
Indian pacer, Mohammed Siraj made a name for himself following a prolific outing in Australia, in the just-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He finished as the side's highest wicket-taker and helped India retain the crown.
Meanwhile, it was during his stint in Australia that his father had passed away. However, instead of taking personal leave, he decided to stay in Australia and serve the team.
As he arrived in India on Thursday, he visited his father's grave right from the Hyderabad airport. He reportedly laid flowers on the grave and offered prayers.
Sweet homecoming: spending time with niece at home, strolling in balcony #IndiaHero #MohdSiraj, who returned to #Hyderabad & to family after five months: a lot happened in between, he lost his dear father who was his biggest support always & became India's pride @ndtv @ndtvindia pic.twitter.com/gVM3gvKwAf— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) January 21, 2021
It was a week after Siraj landed in Australia, his 53-year-old father had breathed his last, owing to a lung ailment. He honoured him by making his debut during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, while he claimed 13 wickets from six innings at an average of 29.53, including a fifer.
"It was my (late) father's dream that Siraj should represent India in Tests. He always wanted to see him (Siraj) in blue and white jersey to represent the nation, so the dream got fulfilled. It was a great achievement by the Indian team and my brother Siraj has achieved what our father dreamt. We are happy that Siraj was able to contribute to the victory," his brother, Mohammed Ismail, was quoted as saying by PTI.
It was during the third Test in Sydney when Siraj was in tears during the national anthem. The moment drew immense praise from fans all over the country.
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Last Updated Jan 21, 2021, 6:38 PM IST