“‘Do test match khel, dekh tereko 5 wickets Milega. Tere Daddy ka dua tera saath hoga ‘(You play die exam match. You get 5 wickets like your father, the blessing is with you) “, Shastri told him in front of the second exam in Melbourne, so the speedster.
Siraj received die news of his father’s death on November 20, less than a month before the blockbuster four-match exam series was set to begin in Adelaide. He was undecided until Shastri intervened and motivated him.
The 27-year-old Siraj bagged five wickets for 77 runs on his test debut on the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“Match ke baad Ravi sir ne bahut khus hokar bola, tujhe bola tha na 5 wickets milega (Ravi Sir said after the match that I told you that you got five wickets). I got very confident after my coaches encouraged me in such a way”Siraj told ABP news.
Not just Shastri but the whole thing team Management was supportive of Siraj, who plays under skipper Virat Kohli in IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Virat Bhai is always there. When I couldn’t perform Well in the IPL two years back, he has shown faith in my ability. He kept me in RCB and I am grateful for that, “said Siraj.
“When I lost mine father during the Australia tour, both Ravi Sir and bowling coach Bharat Arun, sir, have been so supportive. “
He grabbed a fivewicket innings drag in Australia second innings in the fourth and final exam in Brisbane as India won the match for a historical 2-1 series Triumph.
Siraj is currently in England with The Indian team for die World test championship final against New Zealand and a fivematch series against Host England.
The Hyderabad speedster has 16 so far. captured wickets in five tests and three wickets in three T20 Internationals.
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