India pacer Mohammed Siraj has revealed that his late father’s reminiscence introduced tears to his eyes whereas the nationwide anthem was being performed forward of the third Check in opposition to Australia which started Thursday on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
Video and pictures of Siraj preventing again tears went viral on social media earlier than the beginning of the play.
Siraj had misplaced his father on November 20, a couple of week after the Indian workforce landed in Australia and have been in quarantine forward of the limited-overs sequence.
The tempo bowler, who was a part of the squad for the Exams that have been to start solely on December 17, was given the choice of returning house to attend the burial of his father however determined to remain again as all the means of going again and returning would have concerned quarantine intervals.
“In the course of the nationwide anthem, I simply remembered my father. That’s the reason I felt a bit emotional. Dad all the time wished to see me play Check cricket. If he would have been alive, he would have seen me,” mentioned Siraj after the top of the primary day’s play which noticed Australia rating 166/2.
Former India batsmen Wasim Jaffer and Mohammad Kaif each appreciated Siraj.
“Even when there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no higher motivation than enjoying for India. As a legend as soon as mentioned ‘You do not play for the group, you play for the nation’,” tweeted Jaffer.
“I simply need sure individuals to recollect this image. He’s #SirajMohammed and that is what the nationwide anthem means to him,” mentioned Kaif.
The 26-year-old Siraj, who’s but to see his household after his father’s loss of life, will return house solely after January 19, two months after his father handed away in Hyderabad.
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