Condolences have started pouring in after Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away due to a lung ailment. 53-year-old Mohammed Ghouse was instrumental in Siraj’s growth as a rising star of Indian cricket. Siraj, who’s currently with the Indian cricket team in Australia, may not be able to attend his father’s funeral due to quarantine rules. Siraj was recently in the news after he created history in the IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Siraj’s IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, tweeted, “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.”
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
Commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote, “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.”
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
News agency PTI reported that the Indian squad, currently in the middle of a 14-day quarantine period, has been training in isolation on the outskirts of the city of Sydney after arriving in the country on 13 November.
Siraj had become the first bowler in the history of the Indian Premier League to bowl two back-to-back maidens when he wreaked havoc in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp. Siraj had conceded just eight runs in his quota of four overs and claimed three early wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton.
Speaking after the match, Siraj had said, “First of all I’m very grateful to Allah for today’s performance. Second, I thank Virat bhaiya, who gave me the new ball. I’ve been practicing a lot with the new ball, but got the opportunity only now. So it felt very good.”
Siraj was born on 13 March 1994 in Hyderabad and grew up amidst hardship as his father, an auto-rickshaw driver, did not have money to send him to a cricket academy. His talent was noticed by the mandarins of Charminar Cricket Club in Hyderabad where he went on a friend’s invitation to bowl at the nets. He took five wickets in his very first match.
He was bought for a whopping Rs. 2.6 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad. His purchase had caused a bidding war given that his base price was just Rs. 20 lakh. Royal Challengers bought him for Rs. 2.20 crore in 2018 after SRH released him. Since then, he’s been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore.