The Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj losses his father Mohammed Ghouse at the age of 53, on Friday. According to Sportstar, the Team India fast bowler, who is in Australia for the Test series, heard the news of his father’s demise after a practice session in Sydney. Due to the quarantine rules in Australia, amid the coronavirus-induced pandemic, unfortunately, he will not bale able to perform the last rites of his father.
During a recent chat with Sportstsar, Siraj was heard saying, “My dad’s wish was always this – mera beta, desh ka naam roshan karna (my son, you should make my country proud). And, I will do that for sure,” Siraj told Sportstar. “I know what kind of hardship my dad faced in my early days driving an auto-rickshaw to let me pursue my passion for the game. It is shocking. I lost the biggest support of my life.”
He further added, “It was his dream to see me play for the country and I am glad that way I could realize that and bring joy for him. The coach Shastri Sir and captain Virat Kohli were informed about the news. They just told me to be bold and are lending all the support.”
Mohammed Ghouse was suffering from a lung ailment and was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad a day before Siraj had stunned Kolkata Knight Riders with a magnificent spell of 3/8 on October 21.
Talking about that same in a video posted by the RCB, Siraj was heard saying, “Dad was admitted to the hospital a day before the match so I was really concerned. However, when I called home after the match, I was really surprised to hear that dad was home and that made me happier than another good news after we win the match against KKR. He even told me happily that people having to call him whole day that your son has done so well in IPL.”
India’s Test squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar, Ajinkya(vc), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj