India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj who made his Test debut against Australia paid tribute to his father who passed away while the right-handed seamer was in Australia. Siraj had decided to stay in Australia.
Mohammed Siraj went straight to his father's grave after landing in Hyderabad.— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) January 21, 2021
Siraj's father had died in Novemeber 2020 when the pacer was touring, Siraj stayed back with team, finished India's top wicket-taker in Tests. pic.twitter.com/XtCOlMdwTA
“First of all I need to thank God that I got this opportunity to play for India. It was my dad’s desire to see his son play with the entire world watching him play. Wish he were here to see this. He would have been very happy. It were his prayers that enabled me to take five wickets today. I am speechless, have no words to describe this,” Siraj had said earlier during the fourth Test.
“I am very grateful that I got five wickets. It was a very tough situation with dad having passed away. I talked to folks at home, spoke to mom. They encouraged me, made me feel strong. I got mentally strong with their support. I felt that whatever was dad’s desire, I have to fulfill that. It got fulfilled,” he added.