Today Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away due to a lung ailment in Hyderabad. The fast bowler is currently with the Indian squad and will not be able to attend the last rites of his father. Siraj’s father Mohammed Ghouse was always his backbone and wanted him to represent India in international cricket.
Siraj was notified about his father’s passing after he returned from the practice session in Sydney. The tragic news was devasting for Siraj and stated that he has lost his biggest support system in his life. Due to the Quarantine restrictions in Australia, Siraj will not be able to return to India.
I Lost The Biggest Support Of My Life- Mohammed Siraj
Siraj’s father was an autorickshaw driver and always desired his son to pursue his passion for cricket. The fast bowler made his father proud when he made his debut for India in 2017.
“I know what kind of hardship my dad faced in my early days driving an auto-rickshaw to let me pursue my passion for the game,” said Siraj to Sportstar.
“It is shocking. I lost the biggest support of my life. It was his dream to see me play for the country and I am glad that way I could realise that and bring joy for him,” a shocked Siraj stated after losing his father.
“The coach Shastri Sir and captain Virat Kohli were informed about the news. They just told me to be bold and are lending all the support,” Siraj further told Sportstar.
The 26-year-old has been picked in India 4 match Test series against Australia which will commence from December 17. Siraj is expected to make his Test debut for India in the longest format Down Under.
Meanwhile, Siraj burst on the scene after his impressive performances in 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy where he scalped 41 wickets. He was soon picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auction for Rs. 2. 6 crores. Since then Siraj has worked extremely hard on his game and played for India in T20I and ODIs.