Digital Desk, Bangalore. When India bowler Mohammad Siraj made his Test debut in Melbourne, he was only remembering his father, who passed away a few days back. India won that series 2-1. Siraj had a memorable debut in the Melbourne Test, as he took 3/37 in the second innings to help India seal an eight-wicket win against Australia. Fast bowler Siraj took 13 wickets in that series, including five at the Gabba. Siraj eventually emerged as the third-highest wicket-taker of the series in three matches, with only Pat Cummins and fellow RCB pacer Josh Hazlewood ahead of the Indian bowler.
However, that series was a defining moment in Siraj’s career, given the fact that he had lost his father just before the series. Reports on RCB’s website said that he was also battling racism and stringent COVID-19 protocols. Siraj spoke about one of the most difficult and yet most memorable moments of his life after the series, saying that it was a really tough time for me. My father was also ill during IPL. But the family members did not tell me that the matter was serious. I came to know about his condition when I went to play a series in Australia.
RCB recalled that Siraj felt helpless even during the pandemic protocol. He said, the Kovid-19 protocol was strictly enforced at that time. We had to do it in Quarantine. When we had practice, I came to know about the death of my father. My mother made me strong during that time. He told me, fulfill your father’s dream and make the country proud. That was my only inspiration. I didn’t even know whether I would get a chance to play or not because there were senior bowlers in the team. But he got a chance and after that history was made. But on that occasion, the only person on Siraj’s mind was his father, whose funeral he could not attend due to strict COVID-19 pandemic protocols at that time.
After a disappointing IPL 2022, Siraj is now gearing up for the only rescheduled Test against England in the upcoming tour and is hoping to regain his form and help India win another series abroad.
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