Mohammed Siraj is the 22 year old young Indian Premier League find who was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping 2.6 Crore against a base price of only 20 lakh. First thing he plans from this income is to buy a house for his rickshaw driver father Mohammed Ghous and mother Shabana Begum, a former maid, who stay at a rented house close Banjara Hills zone in Hyderabad.
“Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj said.
Due to a not a not so financially well back-ground, Siraj had to undergo a lot of hardships and sacrifices to reach to this place.”Mere walid saab ne bahot mehnat ki hain. He drove auto everyday for 25 years but never let money related weight of the family influence me or my senior sibling. A cricket spike costs a considerable amount of money and he would simply get the best for me. I want to purchase a house for them now in a decent area,” a passionate Siraj said.
“My folks have seen hard days. Today my senior sibling is a software engineer in an IT firm. I didn’t have enthusiasm for studies and my mom would bash me up giving my senior sibling’s example. But today she’s on top of the world”, said Siraj.
“Since I rocked the bowling alley well with the tennis ball, my companions asked me to play in a group competition where I played for Charminar Cricket Club and performed well. When I played under-23 cricket for Hyderabad a year ago, our commander Arjun Yadav guided me on a couple rocking the bowling alley perspectives. I created all alone,” he said
Mohammed Siraj plays for Hyderabad in the Ranjis. He made his top of the line big appearance on 15 November 2015 in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on 2 January 2016 in the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Very few would realise that Siraj did not focus on turning into a quick bowler. At first, he started as a batsman who could bowl a bit.
Let’s have a look at his short career at a glance:
|First-class debut||Services v Hyderabad (India) at Delhi, Nov 15-18, 2015|
|Last First-class||Rest of India v Gujarat at Mumbai (BS), Jan 20-24, 2017|
|List A debut||Hyderabad (India) v Tamil Nadu at Hyderabad (Deccan), Dec 17, 2015|
|Last List A||Hyderabad (India) v Mumbai at Hyderabad (Deccan), Dec 18, 2015|
|Twenty20 debut||Bengal v Hyderabad (India) at Nagpur, Jan 2, 2016|
|Last Twenty20||Andhra v Hyderabad (India) at Chennai, Feb 3, 2017|