Australia’s 2020-21 tour for India is memorable in many ways. After being bowled out for 36 in the Pink Ball Test, the team made a strong comeback in the Boxing Day Test and despite several senior players being injured, hosts Australia’s pride at the Gabba, once again won the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Everyone remembers the belligerent innings of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill in the Gabba, but Mohammad Siraj’s performance in the bowling cannot be forgotten either.
Mohammad Siraj was the leading wicket-taker for India on this tour with 13 wickets. He also took a 5 wicket haul during this period. But do you know that if Ravi Shastri had not been with Mohammad Siraj during that time, then perhaps this bowler would not have achieved so much success?
Yes, it has been disclosed by Mohammad Siraj himself. Actually, Siraj got the news of his father’s death as soon as he reached Australia. Due to strict quarantine rules, he decided to stay in Australia and fulfill his father’s dream. During this, Siraj got a lot of support from coach Ravi Shastri.
28-year-old Mohammad Siraj said during the Backstage With Boria chat show, “When my father passed away, Ravi sir supported me. He came to me and said, ‘Look Mian, your father would like you to take five wickets on this tour. I was very emotional, sad and shattered at that time. I couldn’t understand what was happening. We were also in strict quarantine.”
Speaking further, he said, “I was not able to understand what to do, should I go back home or stay here and fulfill my father’s dream. Then I thought that if I go back, I will have to come back from quarantine there as well. So I thought it would be better to stay in Australia and fulfill my father’s dream.”
Regarding his debut, Siraj said, “When I stepped on the field in Melbourne, it felt like a dream. People have always said that the Boxing Day Test at the MCG is huge and I was a part of it. It was like a dream to get my test cap. I couldn’t measure my emotions. I kept thinking if my father was there, how happy he would be.”