Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj's father Mohammed Ghouse passed away at the age of 53 due to a Lung-ailment in Hyderabad on Friday. Mohammad Siraj along with the Indian cricket team is now in Australia as he couldn't return home for his father's last rites due to quarantine protocols. Siraj represents India as well as his IPL franchise RCB. He comes from middle-class family background. Ghouse played a key role in Siraj's growth as a cricketer as he supported his son's ambitions with his limited resources.
Siraj arrived in Australia with the 32-member Indian cricket team on November 12 after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Mohammad Siraj has only been selected for the Test series, practicing in Sydney with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and others after their arrival.
"Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Mohammed Siraj & his family, on the loss of his father. The entire RCB family is with you during this difficult time. Stay strong, Miyan," Siraj's IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore team. With quarantine rules in place, Siraj will not be able to travel to India for the last rites.
Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Mohammed Siraj & his family, on the loss of his father. The entire RCB family is with you during this difficult time. Stay strong, Miyan 🙏🏻— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 20, 2020
“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,” said the fast bowler, who had lost his elder brother when he was just seven.
“I know what kind of hardship my dad faced in my early days driving an auto-rickshaw to let me pursue my passion for the game,” said Siraj, who climbed up through the ranks from the bylanes of Toli Chowki.
“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 realize that and bring joy for him,” a distraught Mohamamd Siraj informed.
“The coach Shastri Sir and captain Virat Kohli were informed about the news. They just told me to be bold and are lending all the support,” Siraj said.