Mohammed Siraj witnessed a dramatic enchancment in his bowling after the tour to Australia through which within the absence of India’s senior quick bowlers he returned as the best wicket-taker for the nation within the Test sequence. The tempo bowler revealed how India’s Head Coach Ravi Shastri inspired him after he acquired the tragic information of the demise of his father in late November.
Siraj was getting back from apply in Sydney on the 20th of November, 2020 when the horrible information broke in. He made a resolve then to satisfy the desires of his father.
“My dad’s wish was always this – mera beta, desh ka naam roshan karna (my son, you should make my country proud). And, I will do that for sure,” stated Siraj again then.
Siraj determined to remain again in Australia after his father’s demise and play for the nation – that may be a becoming tribute to his father in keeping with the quick bowler.
He was particularly grateful to Shastri and India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun who inspired him throughout this contact interval in his life.
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“When I lost my father during the Australia tour, both Ravi sir and bowling coach Bharat Arun sir were so supportive. Ravi sir came to me and told, tu test match khel, dekh tereko 5 wickets milega. Tere Daddy ka dua tera saath hoga (You play the test match. You will get 5 wickets as your father’s blessings will be with you).”
Siraj made his debut towards Australia within the huge Boxing Day Test on the MCG and returned with 5 wickets within the match. These included the wickets of Labuschagne and Cameron Green within the first innings and Travis Head and Green once more within the second. India got here again after the ’36 all-out’ horror in Adelaide to attract stage the sequence 1-1.
Shastri praised Siraj for his efforts after the match.
“Match ke baad Ravi sir ne bahut khus hokar bola, tujhe bola tha na 5 wickets milega (I told that you will be getting five wickets). I became very confident after my coaches encouraged me in such a way,” acknowledged Siraj.
Siraj was additionally grateful to his RCB and India captain Virat Kohli for at all times supporting him and galvanizing him to do his finest.
“Virat Bhai is always there. When I couldn’t perform well in the IPL two years back, he showed faith in my ability. He retained me in RCB and I am grateful for this,” stated Siraj.
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