Cricketing fraternity wishes strength to Mohammed Siraj as his father passes away
Siraj won't be able to attend the last rites of his father due to the quarantine protocols.
Updated - Nov 21, 2020 3:26 pm
Mohammed Siraj, the Indian fast bowler, lost his father, Mohammed Ghouse on Friday, November 20. Ghouse passed away at the age of 53, losing a battle to a lung ailment. Siraj is currently in Australia for India’s bilateral series, set to get underway on November 27. As per reports, the speedster won’t be able to return to Hyderabad due to the quarantine protocols in place.
The Indian team are currently staying in the outskirts of Sydney after they arrived in the New South Wales capital on November 13. Siraj’s father had played a crucial role in shaping the bowler’s career. The news of his father’s demise reached Siraj in Australia. Quite expectantly, the talented seamer was shattered after hearing about the development.
“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. It is shocking. I lost the biggest support of my life. It was his dream to see me play for the country and I am glad that way I could realise that and bring joy for him,” Siraj was quoted as saying to Sportstar.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the team Siraj plays for in the IPL, also sent their condolences for the speedster. ”Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Mohammed Siraj and his family, on the loss of his father. The entire RCB family is with you during this difficult time. Stay strong, Miyan,” RCB’s tweet read.
Earlier, in a video uploaded by the Challengers, Siraj told how his father’s lungs weren’t in good shape and he had difficulty in breathing. Siraj said that he used to disconnect the phone since he couldn’t see his father crying. Before the match against KKR in Abu Dhabi, Siraj’s father was admitted to the hospital.
In the meantime, the cricketing fraternity has supported Siraj to the hilt during the tough times. The cricketers understand what Siraj must be going through, especially after not being able to see his father for the last time. Subsequently, they wished the bowler strength in the tumultuous phase.
Here’s how the cricketers reacted on Mohammed Siraj’s loss:
May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss..lots of good wishes for his success in this trip.. tremendous character @bcci
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 21, 2020
Allah jannat Naseeb Kare tumhare Walid ko #MohammedSiraj or sabar ata kare Puri family ko.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 21, 2020
My heart goes out to Mohammad Siraj and his family. Life can be cruel. He spoke in the UAE about the joy that his father felt at his performance. I wish him strength.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 20, 2020