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Test hero Mohammed Siraj drives to father's grave after arriving in Hyderabad

Mohammed Siraj paying tribute to his late father at a graveyard in Hyderabad on Thursday. (ANI)
Mohammed Siraj paying tribute to his late father at a graveyard in Hyderabad on Thursday. (ANI)

Dubai - Siraj’s father had passed away due to a lung ailment just before the start of the tour on November 20



By James Jose

Published: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 4:16 PM

From sorrow comes strength and Mohammed Siraj displayed that in no small measure during India’s successful tour of Australia.

The Indian pacer had lost his father during the tour and as the squad touched down in India on Thursday, Siraj headed straight to the cemetery, from the airport, to pay his respects.

Siraj’s father had passed away due to a lung ailment just before the start of the tour on November 20.

But despite being given permission by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to fly back to attend the funeral, the Hyderabadi decided to stay back to serve his country.

The 26-year-old turned grief into his strength and that spurred him on during the tour. And he honoured his father with a brilliant display during the Test series, taking 13 wickets in the three Tests.

Siraj, who led the attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah in the final Test in Brisbane, finished as the third highest wicket-taker in the Test series, behind Australian duo Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood. He was the leading wicket-taker among the Indians.

Siraj drove from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to his father’s grave and spent some time there.


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