Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj was struck with a tragedy final week when he misplaced his father. Siraj, who’s at the moment with staff Indian in Australia, was given an possibility by the BCCI to journey again residence however he selected to stick with the facet.
Siraj, in an interview posted by the BCCI, mentioned that he needs to fulfill his father’s dream of “playing for India and make the nation proud.”
His elder brother Ismail has now mentioned that the bowler needs to pay tribute to his father and win the upcoming Test collection Down Under for him.
Talking to Times of India, Ismail mentioned that Siraj “just cries” each time he talks to his relations.
“He was very close to my father. Whenever he calls now, he just cries. He doesn’t say anything. He says one-word, ‘Abbu’ and then cries,” said Ismail.
“May God give him strength. This is all I want to say. I am also heartbroken, but I have my family and relatives with me. Siraj is totally shattered by this news. He is alone. I keep calling him to give him support.
“Siraj has promised that he will do well in the series and pay a fitting tribute to our father. He wants to win the series for him,” mentioned Ismail.
Earlier, Siraj had additionally mentioned that Indian captain Virat Kohli‘s phrases following the loss has helped him keep afloat.
“Virat bhai said ‘Miyaan tension maat le (don’t be tense) and be strong. Your dad wanted you to play for India. So, do that and don’t stress,” Siraj informed ‘bcci.television’.
“The skipper told me, ‘If you can be strong in this situation, it will only help you’. So those were positive words from the Indian captain and it felt nice.”
IThe Test collection between India and Australia will start on November 17, with the primary match scheduled to happen in Adelaide.