As Team India clinched a historic win against Australia, thereby concluding the test series at the Gabba 2-1, the country is cheering its men in blue. The series was marked by severe lows, including racism, sledging, injuries, but wrapped up on a high note. Mohammed Siraj, Indian pacer, whose father passed away in November last year soon after the team landed in Australia, was especially hailed for his performance. His brother, Mohammed Ismail, in light of these events, remarked how important a role their mother played in keeping Siraj's spirits high despite his devastating loss.
Siraj reportedly hails from a simple family in Hyderabad, where his father was a rickshaw driver. Talking to ANI, Siraj's brother said, "Our mother played a key role in helping him (Mohammed Siraj) overcome our father's death. His performance was outstanding and it is a proud moment for all our family members and the country."
Our mother played a key role in helping him (Mohammed Siraj) overcome our father's death. His performance was outstanding and it is a proud moment for all our family members and the country: Mohammed Ismail, brother of Mohammed Siraj in Hyderabad https://t.co/2a2AveGUYb pic.twitter.com/rw8HODrEes— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2021
Ismail had earlier said that it was their father's dream to see Siraj play in the test. He was quoted saying, "It was my (late) father’s dream that Siraj should represent India in Tests ... he always wanted to see him (Siraj) in blue and white jersey to represent the nation, so our dream got fulfilled today."
A clip of Siraj, earlier on in the series, had gone viral where he could be seen wiping away tears during the national anthem. He later said his emotions surged at the memory of his father.
Journalist Rajini Vaidyanathan also wrote on Twitter about the need to recognise Siraj's efforts in the series. "The son of a rickshaw driver, his father died just before he could see his son play his first test. He handled racism with grace, and was part of the winning team," she mentioned.
As #India celebrate a win over #Australia, I'm marvelling over the story of Mohammed #Siraj. The son of a rickshaw driver, his father died just before he could see his son play his first test. He handled racism with grace, and was part of the winning team. #INDvsAUS (image:PTI) pic.twitter.com/WwKkCt8u83— Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) January 19, 2021
Families Of Cricketers All Praises
Prithi Narayanan, wife of cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, also celebrated India’s series win 2-1 on Twitter, but not without a smart quip. Referencing the sledging that had occurred between Australia captain Tim Paine and her husband earlier in the series, where the former had challenged the latter to a game in Gabba, Narayanan wrote: “SEE YOU AT THE GABBA MATE.” She even shared a video of her daughter cheering the team on by the television. Read more here.
Washington Sundar’s sister, Shailaja was also all praises for him. Sundar's name was highlighted for the 62 runs he scored on the third day of the series. Shailaja, talking to ANI, said, "It's going to be about 6 months now since he's been out for tournaments. We're going to spend quality time together when he comes back."
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