Mohammed Siraj visits father's grave immediately after landing in Hyderabad
Mohammed Siraj Father death: India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj went to his father's grave after returning from India tour of Australia. He had lost his father in November last year while he was with the team Down Under.
Mohammed Siraj, after his father's death, was given the option of returning home but he chose to stay back with the team for the Test series against Australia. He made his Test debut in the second Test in Melbourne and claimed 13 wickets - the most by any Indian bowler in the Border-Gavaskar series.
On Thursday, he went from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to the graveyard to pay tributes to his late father.
Later, the Indian bowler was captured spending some time with his niece in the balcony of his residence as he reunited with his family after a long time.
Siraj's father, Mohammed Ghouse, wanted to watch Siraj play for India. Likewise, the fast bowler revealed during the India tour of Australia that he stayed back in Australia to fulfill his father's dream.
He also picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul in the Gabba Test in Brisbane and said that his focus was to fulfill his father's wish. He said that "I didn't think of taking these many wickets. After many players got injured, everyone was trusting me. I was under pressure and it was challenging to do this."
"Australian crowd started abusing me, it made me mentally strong, not letting it hamper my performance was my prime concern. My job was to inform my captain that I was being abused and I did," he said. "Umpires told us that you can walk off the field and leave the game then Rahane bhai told the umpire that we won't leave, we respect the game," he added.
He also said that "It was difficult and mentally depressing for me. My family told me to fulfill my dad's dream when I called back home. My fiancée motived me and my team also supported me. I dedicated all my wickets to him (father). My celebration with Mayank Agarwal was dedicated to him."
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