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Updated - Jan 22, 2021 5:56 pm
Mohammed Siraj is living a fairy tale life as he emerged as the highest wicket-taker for India in the just-concluded four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy. Siraj had picked 13 wickets from three Tests as he did not play the day-night Test in Adelaide, at an average of 29.53, an economy rate of 2.85 and a strike-rate of 62.
However, the pacer paid a big price for the same as he didn’t attend the funeral of his father. Siraj was completing his 14-day quarantine period in Australia in November 2020 when he received the devastating news of the passing away of his father, Mohammed Ghouse, due to a lung ailment.
The 26-year-old pacer was given the option to fly back to India, however, he chose to stay back and complete his father’s dream of seeing him play the Test format. The pacer not only represented India in Whites but also made the entire country proud as he went from being India’s backup bowler to the leader of the pace attack and helped the team register a monumental Test series win Down Under.
Siraj again won hearts as after reaching India, he didn’t travel to his house like his teammates but drove straight from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad to the graveyard in Khairatabad to pay his last respect to his departed father and mourn for his loss.
Legendary Bollywood actor Dharmendra got highly emotional seeing the pictures of Siraj visiting his father’s grave. The veteran took to his official Twitter handle to applaud the pacer for his extraordinary performance and passed his condolence.
Dharmendra tweeted, “Siraj, Braveheart son of India Love you …Naaz hai tujh par, dil par walid ki maut ka sdma liye tum watan ki Aan ke liye match khelte rahe ..aur ek unhoni jeet watan ke naam darj kar ke lote..Kal tujhe apne walid ki qabbr par dekh kar mun bhar aya . jannt naseeb ho unhein.”
The tweet roughly translates to, “I am so proud of you. You carrying the pain of your father’s death in your heart but played for the glory of the country and registered an unexpected victory before you came back. It made my heart heavy to see you at your father’s grave yesterday. May he be welcomed into heaven).”
Siraj , Brave Herat son of India Love you …Naaz hai tujh par, dil par walid ki maut ka sdma liye tum watan ki Aan ke liye match khelte rahe ..aur ek unhoni jeet watan ke naam darj kar ke lote..Kal tujhe apne walid ki qabbr par dekh kar mun bhar aya . jannt naseeb ho unhein 🙏 pic.twitter.com/O4zrkSg54F
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) January 22, 2021