India vs Australia series over the years have given many memorable moments but in the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2020/21, Mohammed Siraj’s spells after all the circumstance was a treat to watch. Siraj lost his father in the India tour of Australia on 20/21, he didn’t go back home as there were covid restrictions during that time.
Indian speedster recalled one of the moments from that down-under tour, where that time the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri, told him that his father’s blessing is with him and he will take the fifer in the next match.
“In Australia, nobody could visit other players’ rooms as we spoke on video calls,” said the pacer.
“But Sridhar sir (former India fielding coach R Sridhar) used to call often asking how are you, what have you eaten etc. It was a good feeling and my fiance was also talking to me (over phone) at that time,” he further added.
At the end of the tour, the right-arm pacer was the highest wicket from India in the 20/21 Australia tour with 13 wickets from 3 Test matches. The 29-year-old five-wicket innings haul in the last test match at Brisbane handed India a fighting chance to secure a series win, a chance which the batsmen took on Day 5 to win that game. Before the third test match series was levelled at 1-1.
Happy birthday @BhuviOfficial bhai Learned a lot from you, stay blessed 🤲 pic.twitter.com/4PV7wxXax8
— Mohammed Siraj (@mdsirajofficial) February 5, 2023
“I never cried on the phone but there were occasions when I would cry in the room and then will talk to her later,”
“I went to training the next day after my father’s demise and Ravi Shastri told me that I have my dad’s blessing and I will take a five-wicket haul. When I took five wickets at Brisbane, he told me: ‘Look, what did I tell you that you will take five wickets,” he further added.
Siraj was the unlikely leader of the Indian pace attack in the final clash at Brisbane in BGT 20/21 after the Indian bowling line-up was affected by a spate of injuries, after that tour, the Hyderabad pacer has been on the list of premium fast bowlers team India had in their bucket.
“It was a lot of fun when my dad was around because he wanted to see his son’s success. He took a lot of pride and joy in seeing me putting all the hard work,”
“I always wanted to perform in front of my dad, and the dream did come true but how I wish I could do it more,” stated Siraj on his father.
Mohammed Ghaus, the father of M.Siraj, died after a brief illness in November 2020, while his son when was in Australia for his debut tour. Siraj couldn’t attend his father’s funeral due to the bio-bubble restrictions.
“I enjoyed bowling the most in Australia because I became a leader of the pace attack as all main bowlers were injured. Bowling with the new ball was a different feeling altogether. It was a big responsibility and I was so happy that I could fulfil it,” put on by the Indian pacer in the RCB Season 2 Podcast.
The 29-year-old pacer will be next seen in the upcoming IPL 2023 while playing for RCB. The Banglore-based club will play their first match in IPL 16 against MI on April 2 in Bengaluru.
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