Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away due to lung failure in his hometown in Hyderabad while he has been in Australia practicing for the upcoming series. On knowing about his father’s unfortunate demise, Siraj said that he has lost his prime source of strength. He also later said that he would not return to India for the last rites. Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has hailed his character after Siraj decided to stay on in Australia.
Taking to Twitter, Ganguly hailed the courage of the young cricketer who has had a tough time in the last 48 hours. “May Mohammed Siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss..lots of good wishes for his success in this trip.. tremendous character,” Ganguly tweeted.
Sourav Ganguly Salutes Mohammed Siraj’s Character
Siraj was included in the Indian squad after a good season with RCB in IPL 2020. He picked up 11 wickets in the season with a best of 3 for 8 against KKR.
Meanwhile, Siraj broke down after the unfortunate demise of his father on Friday night. He said that he lost the biggest support of his life and that it was his father’s dream to see him play for India someday.
“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. 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 said.
The Indian squad in Australia is still in quarantine and has been training in isolation on the outskirts of Sydney. Meanwhile, Talking to Sportstar, Siraj revealed his Ravi Shastri & Indian skipper Virat Kohli offered their support to the fast bowler after the untimely death of his father.
Mohammed Siraj is a part of India’s 5-man pace attack that will be taking part n the four-match Test series against Australia down under.