- Full name: Mohammed Siraj
- Born: March 13, 1994
- Birthplace : Hyderabad, India
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
- Nationality : Indian
- Father : Late Mohammed Ghouse
- Mother : Shabana Begum
ABOUT SHUBMAN GILL
Known for his lethal toe-crushing Yorkers, Mohammed Siraj has carved a niche for himself in world cricket. From playing street cricket with a tennis ball to becoming the leading wicket-taker for Team India during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Siraj has come a long way.
He made his First-Class debut for Hyderabad during the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season before making his T20 debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, later that season.
In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, he emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Hyderabad with 41 wickets in 9 games at an average of 18.92. He also finished that tournament as the joint third-highest wicket-taker.
The right-arm pacer was also the highest wicket-taker in the 2017–18 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 23 dismissals in seven matches.
Siraj’s growing reputation in First-Class cricket paved the way for an equally impressive List A career as he was picked to play for the ‘Rest of India’ team. He bowled magnificently well there and was rewarded with a place in the ‘India A’ squad for the tour of South Africa in July 2017.
In October 2018, he was picked in India A squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy and was then named in India B’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.
Siraj’s hard work and consistent efforts to establish a name for himself in the cricket fraternity didn’t go unnoticed as he received the maiden India call-up for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand in 2017. Despite being a bit expensive, the Hyderabad-born speedster marked his T20I debut with the all-important wicket of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
Since then, he has played just 3 matches in the shortest format of the game and scalped three wickets at an economy rate of more than 12.
Later, Siraj was named in India’s ODI squad for their tour of Australia in 2018-19. He eventually earned his first ODI cap during the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval but failed to create an impact as he went wicketless in that game.
Siraj was dropped from the team but he didn’t lose hopes and worked on some aspects of his bowling. The speedster finally got a chance to showcase his talent as he was named in the Test squad for the four-match series against Australia in 2020-21.
He made his Test debut in the second Test match against the host nation. He scalped five wickets in his maiden Test.
During the fourth and final Test of the series at the Gabba in Brisbane, Siraj took his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He finished the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy as India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets in 3 games.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Gill made his international debut for India during the five-match ODI series against New Zealand in 2019. But Gill could only score 16 runs in the two games he played against the Kane Williamson-led side.
Shubman Gill was named in India’s Test squad for the three-match series against South Africa but he was not included in the playing XI.
He finally made his Test debut on December 26, 2020, during the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia where he helped the Ajinkya Rahane-led side to win the second match of the four-match series.
In the fourth and final Test at the Gabba, Shubman played a scintillating knock of 91 runs to help his side clinch the series by 2-1.
INDIAN PREMIERE LEAGUE
Siraj was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 IPL auction for a whopping amount of Rs 2.6 crore. In that season, Siraj took 10 wickets from 6 games at an economy rate of 9.21 with the best bowling figures of 4/32.
After being released by SRH, Siraj was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2018 for INR 2.20 crore. He played 11 matches that season and took 11 wickets.
Mohammed Siraj has had an impressive bowling career in IPL so far as he has scalped 45 wickets in 42 games to date.
- He was the highest wicket-taker for Hyderabad in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season.
- Highest wicket-taker in the 2017–18 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- In 2020, Siraj became the first bowler in the history of IPL to bowl two maiden overs in a single match.
- Leading wicket-taker for India in 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
MOHAMMED SIRAJ’S FAVOURITES
- Favourite bowler – Dale Steyn, Mitchell Starc
- Favourite ball – Yorker
- Favourite food – Butter Chicken, Pizza
- Favourite actor – Salman Khan
- Hobbies – Listening to music
He is not dating anyone.