The right-hand man allowed India to pass the Australian test, despite the loss of several key players, with flying colors. Siraj was instrumental in India’s 2-1 victory over the Australians in their own lair. The 26-year-old paid tribute to his late father by finishing the series as his team’s top wicket shooter, winning 13 wickets in 3 tests, including one at five wickets.
This series was an important part of Siraj’s young career and did a lot to convince the powers that be that he belongs on the big stage.
Now Siraj is ready for another overseas assignment – India tour to UK. Siraj was included in the 20-man Indian squad led by Virat Kohli for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and then the five-game test series against England.
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“Since my beginnings, I have always given my 100% for my team. All I win is a win at the end of the day. Victory gives me a special feeling. The Australia tour gave me a lot of confidence and I am. will bring that same confidence to England as well, ”Siraj told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
One man Siraj credits with always supporting him is Indian Captain Kohli.
Recently, during the IPL (who was suspended indefinitely after 29 matches), Siraj stood outside the RCB dressing room after a 2021 IPL match against Chennai Super Kings that his team lost by 69 points, when RCB team captain Virat gave him another pep talk.
“Virat bhaiya always says – ‘tere paas capacity hai, tu kar sakta hai, tere paas capacity hai kisi bhi wicket pe khelne ka, tu kisi bhi drummer ko on kar sakta hai’ (You have the ability, the ability to play any wicket and get rid of any batsman), ”Siraj said.
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“Recently, after our match against CSK, Virat bhaiya came and said ‘Miaan .. tumhare mein jo change aaye hain .. these are amazing‘(The changes you’ve made to your bowling alley are amazing). It will benefit our team. Be prepared for the England tour. All my wishes. Keep up the good work. These words from one of the best captains in the world motivate me a lot, ”said the young stimulator.
SUPPORT FROM VIRAT AND SHASTRI
Siraj was practicing in Australia when the tragic news of his father’s death was passed on to him by Kohli and his head coach. Ravi Shastri. Siraj rushed to his hotel room, sat down and cried. He was broken.
Siraj recalls the support he got from Kohli, who had the same experience playing domestic cricket in 2006, when he lost his father. According to Siraj, the support of Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri has been crucial for him at an extremely difficult time for him personally during the Australian series.
“I had lost my father during the Australian series. I was upset and not really in my senses. It was Virat bhaiya who gave me strength and support. Mera career Virat bhaiya ke wajah se hai (I owe my career to Virat) “Siraj, who has played 5 tests, 1 ODI and 3 T20I in his career so far, told TimesofIndia.com.
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“He (Virat) supported me every day. He was always there for me and under all circumstances. I still remember how I cried in the hotel room. Virat bhaiya came into my room and me hugged and said – “I’m with you, don’t worry. Those words encouraged me a lot. He (Virat) only played one test on the tour, but his messages and his calls motivated me. And that’s why I got to play. In fact, I haven’t had a good season with RCB the last two. But he (Virat) has always been there to support me. Supported me a lot, ”added the 27-year-old from Hyderabad.
“Delighted sir always said ‘ you champion melon hai humari team ka‘(You are a champion of our team). And he was giving me a hard pat on the back and shoulders. He pushed me to play in the net during the practice sessions in these difficult times. At this age, he is still so full of energy, ”concluded Siraj.