New Delhi: The story of Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj is very beautiful which is full of emotions. Taking eight wickets during India’s victory in the second Test against England at Lord’s at Lord’s, Siraj has shown that his success in Australia was not short-lived and that he is a long race horse.
Siraj (Mohammed Siraj) is one of many tales of passion and pride that have been mentioned in the new book on Indian cricket ‘Mission Domination: An Unfinished Quest’.
Siraj’s father died on Australia tour
The Indian team always knew that Siraj had the zeal to achieve success as they saw him during the tour of Australia when his father passed away after a brief illness.
According to the book, ‘Siraj’s father died in November during the mandatory 14-day isolation in Australia. This meant that none of his teammates could go to his room to share the grief during this period. At that time, policemen were standing outside everyone’s rooms so that they would not violate Indian rules. They were being monitored as if they were criminals who could export Kovid to Australia.
Siraj had gone through this trouble alone
It said, ‘The result was that teammates used to talk with him on video calls throughout the day. They were worried that he might do something wrong or harm himself. Only the physio could go to his room for treatment and Nitin Patel went inside and shared the grief of this young player.
Siraj fulfilled his father’s dream
According to the book, ‘Siraj broke down on several occasions which was natural but he never gave up. He wanted to fulfill his father’s wish to do his best for India and when he got the opportunity during the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he didn’t want to let it go.
Siraj became an overnight star by taking 13 wickets in the Test series on Australia tour. He was India’s most successful bowler during the series.
How did this player become a star?
The book also mentions how Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini performed under adverse conditions in the Delhi and District Cricket Association and how Dinesh Lad persuaded teenage Shardul Thakur’s father to send his son to Mumbai. Allow him to leave so that he can play top level cricket.
Arvind Pujara told how Cheteshwar went to play the Under-19 match a few days after the death of his mother and during this time did not shed a single tear. How fielding coach R Sridhar told Hanuma Vihari that he was indebted to the team despite a leg injury and needed to save the Sydney Test.