Mohammed Siraj: Mohammed Siraj used to cry in his room in Australia after his father’s death, fiancee used to encourage him on the phone

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Mohammed Siraj On RCB Podcast: India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj spoke about his emotional struggle over the death of his father during the tour of Australia, saying that he often used to cry in the living room during his stay in the ‘bio-bubble’ during the Kovid-19 pandemic.

The fast bowler’s father from Hyderabad, Mohammad Ghaus, passed away in November 2020 after a brief illness. Siraj was currently in Australia and could not attend his funeral due to the quarantine restrictions imposed due to the global pandemic.

Siraj, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said, ‘No one could enter other players’ rooms in Australia. In such a situation, we used to talk on video calls.

Siraj said in the RCB ‘Season 2 Podcast’, ‘Sridhar sir (former India fielding coach R Sridhar) often used to inquire about my well-being over the phone. He used to ask how are you, what have you eaten. This made me feel good. At that time my fiancee also used to encourage me by talking to me on the phone.

Coach Ravi Shastri also encouraged me: Mohammad Siraj

The fast bowler said, ‘I never cried on the phone, but there were occasions when I used to cry in the room and then talk to him (fiancé) later.’ Siraj, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday, told that in this situation the team was encouraged by the then head coach Ravi Shastri by supporting him.

Mohammad Siraj said, ‘I went to training the day after my father’s death and Ravi Shastri told me that my father’s blessings are with me and I will take five wickets. When I took five wickets in Brisbane, he told me, ‘Look, what I told you that you will take five wickets’.

Jassi Bhai told me what to do: Mohammad Siraj

Mohammed Siraj also recalled his conversation with Jasprit Bumrah. Siraj said, ‘I called Jassi Bhai (Jaspreet Bumrah) and told him what was happening with me. What else can I do better? He told me that the performance is not in your hands. You only have the ball and you can only bowl.


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Siraj told, ‘Jassi Bhai said that I should think about my last season and evaluate. How are the batsmen doing against you? You watch videos of a batsman and see how he plays you. You have to be one step ahead of them. Only then we will get success. We cannot rely on past glory alone. You watch the video, but learn to stay ahead of the batsman. How you prepare yourself before the match is important.


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