Mohammed Siraj on Thursday arrived in Hyderabad and drove straight from the airport to his father’s grave, instead of going home.

Veteran actor Dharmendra penned an emotional note to Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj for how he kept is trauma and sadness aside to play for the country. Before the start of the Test series, Siraj had lost his father.

However, the 26-year-old pacer decided to stay back in Australia and continue playing. Taking to Twitter, Dharmendra praised Siraj and said that he is immensely proud of him.

“Siraj , Brave Herat son of India Love you …Naaz hai tujh par, dil par walid ki maut ka sdma liye tum watan ki Aan ke liye match khelte rahe ..aur ek unhoni jeet watan ke naam darj kar ke lote..Kal tujhe apne walid ki qabbr par dekh kar mun bhar aya . jannt naseeb ho unhein,” Dharmendra tweeted.

(Translation: (I am so proud of you. Despite carrying the pain of your father’s death in your heart, you played for the glory of the country and registered an unexpected victory before you came back. It made my heart heavy to see you at your father’s grave yesterday. May he be welcomed into heaven)

Siraj stated he wanted to fulfil his father’s dream of seeing him play Test cricket. After arriving in Hyderabad on Thursday, Mohammed Siraj had driven straight from the airport to his father’s grave.

“I didn’t go home, directly as I went to the graveyard straight from the airport. I went there to sit with my dad for some time. I couldn’t speak to him but offered flowers to his grave,” Siraj had said during a press conference on Thursday.

After impressing in his debut Test series, the pacer has been named in Team India’s 18-man squad for the first 2 Tests of the 4-match series against England, starting February 5 in Chennai. India and England will also play 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs.

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