India pacer, Mohammed Siraj went to his father's grave first thing after landing in India as he returned from India's tour of Australia. Siraj had lost his father in November 2020 while he was with the team Down Under. He was given the option of returning home but the pacer chose to stay back with the team for the series. Siraj made his Test debut in the second Test in Melbourne and finished the Border-Gavaskar series with 13 wickets - the most by any Indian bowler. Siraj went from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to the graveyard in Kharitabad to pay tributes to his father, The Times of India reported.
Siraj's father, Mohammed Ghouse, aspired to watch Siraj play for India and the fast bowler revealed on several occasions during the series that he stayed back in Australia to fulfil his father's dream. Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the fourth Test in Brisbane and said his focus was on fulfilling his father's wish. "I am thankful that I was able to pick five wickets as it was a very tough situation for me after my dad passed away. But after talking to my mom at home, I gained some confidence. The call with my mom made me mentally strong. My focus was to fulfil my dad's wish," said Siraj after the fourth day's play in Brisbane. "I want to thank God that I got the chance to play for India as it was my dad's wish too. If he was alive today, he would have been very happy. But I know his blessings were with me and I am speechless after my performance," Siraj had said. The pacer was also retained by his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore during yesterday's IPL retention for 2021. Siraj will now be a part of the Indian team for the first two Tests against England set to begin in February.