Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj had a dream outing in his debut Test series as he went on to pick 13 wickets in three matches against Australia in the recently concluded four-match series Down Under.
However, before the 26-year-old could make his Test debut, his beloved father had passed away. He had called his mother and elder brother, who gave him the courage and confidence to stay back in Australia and make his father proud.
Siraj did exactly that as he ended the series as India’s leading wicket-taker. He also spearheaded the Indian bowling line-up in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane.
Siraj also went on to pick his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket and dedicated it to his father by pointing straight to the sky.
The pacer on Thursday arrived in Hyderabad and drove 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,” Mohammed Siraj told Sports Today.
“And then I came home. When I met my mom, she started crying. Then I tried to console her, telling her not to cry. It was a different feeling. After 6-7 months, her son had come home.
“Mom was always waiting for me to return. She was counting down how many days were left for me to return,” he added.
Siraj has been named in the 18-man squad for the first 2 Tests of the 4-match series against England, starting February 5 in Chennai.