Back in December 2020, a young Mohammad Siraj who was yet to make his debut for the Indian national test team sacrificed attending his Father’s funeral to be available in case team India required him. The Blues were then on their tour to Australia and the 4-match test series was just about to start.
Siraj had then prioritized his national duty over his father’s funeral. Almost a year later, Mohammad Siraj is now one of the best pacers currently in red-ball cricket and an absolute star and a must have in India’s playing XI.
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Siraj made his debut in the second match of the series against Australia and transformed the fate of the team completely. India went on to win the match and a lot of credit goes to Mohammad Siraj.
Just Two days ago, India pulled off yet another historic win against England at Lord’s and once again, it was the same Mohammad Siraj who led India from the front and picked up five wickets in the second innings.
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Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has applauded Mohammad Siraj for the huge transformation that he underwent in a very short span to achieve this level of efficiency in Test cricket. Praising his positive and aggressive attitude, Vengsarkar said in an interview to Khaleej Times:
“Absolutely, Siraj not having shoes until a few years ago, we have seen few such players emerging in India after the IPL. If you see Siraj’s performance in Australia, he excelled on the tour after India lost the first Test and were bowled out for 36. Even Kohli had returned home.”
On the topic of Siraj’s contribution in Australia under difficult conditions, Vengsarkar said, “Then Siraj was the guy who made the difference with his positive attitude and aggression. He pulled the entire team up with his fiery spells. And they won against Australia in Australia. He played a huge part in that and since then he hasn’t looked back.”