Mohammed Siraj Biography: Mohammed Siraj is one of those names in the Indian domestic cricket who have been knocking the doors of Indian cricket team for quite a while now. He has impressed everyone more and more with every outing. Finally, he was selected in the Indian squad for the T20 series against New Zealand. Now again he has been selected along with Basil Thampi, Shreyas Iyer and Siddarth Kaul for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.
His consistent Performance in the Domestic circuit earned him a whooping amount in the IPL 10 as he was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad and he took no time to impress the franchise owners. Let’s have a look at the Mohammed Siraj Success Story in some facts now.
Mohammed Siraj Biography and Success Story
Siraj was born on 13th of March 1994 in Hyderabad, India. He was born in lower middle class, financially constrained family. His parents are Mohammed Ghaus and Shabana Begum.
Support from Parents
He was born in a financially weak family. He father was an auto-driver. It was not easy for Siraj to pursue his dream of playing cricket. His parents had to make lots of sacrifices to let him play cricket. Siraj is very close to his parents and feels indebted to the sacrifices his parents have made for him.
Another Tennis Ball cricketer
Siraj started his cricket with the tennis ball by playing in streets with his friends. He didn’t get chance to hire a coach or go to academy because of the financial limitations of his family. He is self-taught man and he believe tennis ball cricket helped him to bowl accurately into block holes.
Started as a Batsman
He was a hero of the local tennis ball cricket. His friend suggested him to join Charminar Cricket Club. He joined the club as a batsman, but he later turned into bowler and as a bowler he added immense value to the team.
Not a Good Student
Mohammed Siraj was never good in studies. His brother who is an IT engineer now as good in studied and because of him, his mother always bashed Siraj. But, now table have turned as Siraj has made his family proud.
From INR 500 to 2.6 Crore
Siraj’s first Income was of Rs. 500 which was reward from his uncle. He played a club match under the captainship of his uncle where he picked nine wickets in a 25 over match and he was rewarded Rs. 500 by his uncle for such an impressive performance.
Ranji debut taught reality
Siraj made his Ranji debut for Hyderabad in 2015-16. He failed to impress in the first game as a result he had to warm the bench for the remaining season. He impressed everyone in the Vijay Hazare trophy and got chance to play for the Hyderabad U-23 team.
Impressive 2nd Ranji season
Learning from the 1st Ranji season, Mohammed Siraj was highest wicket taker in the 2016-17 Ranji season where he picked 41 wickets at an average of 18.92.
His consistent and impressive performance in the domestic circuit attracted lot of franchise interests. As a result, he was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for the whooping amount of 2.6 crore rupees.
House and Rest for parents
After getting the success in the IPL, Siraj has good bit of money now and he want to help his parents. “My father has been driving his auto rickshaw for the last 30 years.I urged him to stop but he did not pay heed to my request. I’m confident of convincing him now. He needs a good rest. I may purchase a small house. I have seen my parents struggle with financial problems for so many years. Now, I want them to enjoy a good life”, Siraj told mid-day.
After his impressive performance in the IPL, for New Zealand A and other domestic tournaments he was rewarded with a national team call for T20 series against New Zealand. He made his T20I debut for India against New Zealand on 4 November 2017, taking the wicket of Kane Williamson, finishing with figures of 1 wicket for 53 runs from four overs.