After his father died on November 20, the pacemaker’s mother and Indian captain Virat Kohli urged him to stay in Australia.
As his Indian cricket teammates greeted the cheers after returning from their triumphant tour of Australia, Mohammed Siraj drove straight from Hyderabad airport to a cemetery to pay tribute to his father, who died in November.
The quick right-hand man was one of the heroes of India’s epic 2-1 series victory in Australia, where he finished as their main wicket-taker.
After the death of his father, Mohammed Ghouse, on November 20, the pacemaker’s mother and Indian captain Virat Kohli urged him to stay in Australia rather than return home to mourn with his family, even though he did not. had no assurance that he would appear in the series.
His luck came in Melbourne, where he made his Test debut in place of Mohammed Shami, who had broken his elbow when the series opened in Adelaide.
Siraj then found himself leading India’s injury-ravaged pace attack in decision maker Brisbane, where he won his first five-wicket tack to end the series with 13 wickets from his three tests. .
“It was the most difficult time for me to be there at his burial place,” the 26-year-old told local media after laying flowers at his father’s grave on Thursday.
“I was touring without knowing it, I never thought I would have gone through such a phase.”
Telangana: Cricketer Mohammed Siraj paid tribute to his late father today at a cemetery in Hyderabad. Siraj’s father died while in Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. pic.twitter.com/54ZeZSLYNm
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Siraj’s father, an auto rickshaw driver, died while Indian cricketers were in quarantine in Australia, but the player decided to stay with the team.
“First of all, it was very difficult for me. Mentally, I was upset and depressed, ”he said. “I chatted with them at home and they told me I should make daddy’s dream come true [of playing for India]. “
The Hyderabad player will be hoping to keep his good form after being selected for the squad for the first two tests of a four-game series against England.
“ The abuse made me mentally strong ”
Siraj’s mental toughness was tested in Sydney, where part of the crowd targeted him during the Australia Test series.
In his first public account of the violence, he said it made him “mentally strong”.
“The abuse from some members of the Australian crowd made me mentally strong,” Siraj said on Friday. “The fact that I didn’t allow this abuse to have an effect on my game was important.”
Siraj said India declined the referees’ offer to leave the pitch because the players were mistreated during the third test in Sydney.
According to Indian media reports, “monkey” cries and other insults sounded when Siraj and his fast melon colleague Jasprit Bumrah were on the ground near the border.
“The crowd in Australia started to mistreat me but it made me mentally strong. I didn’t let that affect my game and it was important, ”said Siraj.
“I told my captain Ajju Bhai [Ajinkya Rahane] about the abuse and he spoke to the umpires who said you can leave the field. But Rahane said, “We will continue to play.” “
He said Rahane told the referees to take action against the abuse. Six fans have been kicked out and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Siraj became a national player after becoming a key man for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which are led by Indian regular captain Virat Kohli.
“I had a bad season in 2018, but RCB supported me. Virat Bhai has always supported me by saying, “You have the power and you can do it,” ”he said.
“I won’t let this performance go to my head. I can’t relax because there is the England series and the test world championship coming up.