IPL Auction 2017: Mohammad Siraj’s journey from Rs 500 to Rs 2.6 crore

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Mohammad Siraj was one of the biggest talking points of Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2017. Siraj, who hails from Hyderabad (SRH), is a right-arm medium fast bowler who has made a name for himself with some very good performances in first class cricket.

In IPL auction 2017, Siraj was picked by Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) for INR 2.6 crore. Siraj had a brilliant a brilliant first-class season that earned him India A and Rest of India calls and brought him into the limelight.

After he was picked by SRH, Siraj spoke to the media and shared his emotional story. The first thing he said was that he wants to buy a house for his father Mohammed Ghaus and mother Shabana Begum in a good Hyderabad locality.

“Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj was quoted as saying by Times of India. 

An emotional Siraj remembered his father’s hard work that allowed him to focus on his game without getting any kind of financial pressure. 

“Mere walid saab (Father) ne bahot mehnat ki hain (My father has slogged). He drove auto all these years but never let financial pressure of the family affect me or my elder brother. A bowling spikes costs a lot and he would just get the best for me. I want to buy a house for them now in a good locality. 

“My parents have seen hard days. Today my elder brother is a software engineer in a reputed IT firm. I didn’t have interest in studies and my mother would bash me up giving my elder brother’s example. But today she’s on top of the world,” Siraj added. 

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