Mohammed Siraj, the Indian pacer is all set to make his cricketing debut for team India in the longest format of the game against Australia in the upcoming four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, which will kickstart from December 17th in Adelaide. The cricketer is currently in Australia alongwith the rest of the Indian cricket team.
While his professional life is taking an interesting turn, on the other hand, all is not good in Siraj’s personal life as he recently lost his father. His father passed away after he lost a battle to a lung ailment at his Hyderabad residence at the age of 53.
As Siraj is gearing up for the upcoming series, his brother Mohammed Ismail revealed how Siraj broke the news of him getting selected in Team India to their father. He revealed that there were no boundaries on the happiness of Siraj as his father always wanted to see him perform. He revealed:
“Abbu, mai select ho gaya Test team mai, Test series khelne jaa raha hun Australia’ (Father, I have been selected in the Indian Test squad and am going to play the Test series in Australia).”
Furthermore, Ismail talked about the trauma Mohammed Siraj is going through right now. He revealed that Siraj was very close to his father and is finding it hard to come to terms with his father’s death. He also revealed that his family keeps in touch with him to keep a check on him. He said:
“He [Mohammed Siraj] is my younger brother. We all love him so much. He was very close to my father. Whenever he calls now, he just cries. We say again and again…’Siraj kuch to bol’ (Siraj, please say something). But he doesn’t say anything. He says one-word, ‘Abbu’ and then cries.”
“May God give him strength. This is all I want to say. I am also heartbroken, but I have my family and relatives with me. Siraj is totally shattered by this news. He is alone. I keep calling him to give him support. Siraj has promised that he will do well in the series and pay a fitting tribute to our father. He wants to win the series for him,”