Mohammad Siraj, Indian pacer was praised by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for the character shown by him after the latter decided to stay back in Australia despite losing his father.
Mohammad Siraj’s father passed away on Friday due to lung ailment, but the pacer who has earned his first Test call-up for four-match Test series decided to stay back in Australia and not return home.
Mohammad Siraj Wished By Sourav Ganguly For Tremendous Character Shown
The BCCI president also hoped for Mohammad Siraj to have a successful tour of Australia after he earned his maiden call for tests after performing well in IPL 2020. In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season, he was Hyderabad’s highest wicket-taker with 41 wickets from 9 matches and ended up as the joint third-highest wicket-taker and was subsequently acquired by SunRisers Hyderabad in 2017 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018- both times just above Rs. 2 crore.
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
Mohammad Siraj’s father, Mohammad Ghouse, passed away at the age of 53. The fast bowler had lost his elder brother when he was just seven. The pacer has 39 wickets from 35 matches in IPL averaging 27.79.
Mohammad Siraj Has Played A Few Limited Over Matches But Yet To Play Tests
Mohammad Siraj has played one ODI and three T20Is for India. Although the pacer is yet to take a wicket in the 50-over format, he has three wickets to show in T20Is.
The 26-year-old recently played the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
He managed to take 11 wickets from nine matches this season for the Virat Kohli-led side.
The Indian squad is currently in the middle of a 14-day quarantine period in Australia, and all players have been training at Sydney under stringent protocols put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. India and Australia are slated to lock horns in three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests.
The first ODI will be played on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the first test will commence from December 17 at Adelaide. Virat Kohli, who is Indian skipper as well as RCB, will miss the last three Tests for going home to attend the birth of 1st child.