India’s Mohammed Siraj has had a series to remember as he finished off as India’s highest wicket in the 2020-21 Border – Gavaskar Trophy with 13 wickets to his name. Initially, Siraj was not part of the playing XI for the First Test which took place at Adelaide but with the injury to Umesh Yadav, Siraj was included for the 2nd Test, after which he has not looked back as match after match, Siraj has gone on to improve his bowling performance.
While Siraj was preparing for the Australian tour in November, he lost his father due to prolonged lung disease. After which BCCI offered Siraj the option to fly back home to be with his family but the pacer from Hyderabad decided against it. He stayed back to fulfill his father’s wish which was to see Mohammed Siraj don the white jersey in the longest format of the game.
My focus was to fulfill my dad’s wish – Mohammed Siraj
Recently Mohammed Siraj spoke about how one phone call with his mother made him mentally strong after his father’s demise. Siraj was thankful for scalping five wickets and further revealed how a phone call to his mom ahead of the Test helped him gain confidence leading into the Test match.
“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 fulfill my dad’s wish,” said Siraj while replying to a query from ANI.
Furthermore, Mohammed Siraj said it was his father’s wish to see him play Test cricket which is why today he would’ve been very proud of what he has achieved today which has indeed left him speechless.
“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,” said Siraj