Happy Birthday Mohammed Siraj: A Look at the Pacer’s Promising Career so far in Pictures
Mohammed Siraj made his debut for India in 2017 against New Zealand in Rajkot and since then, he has blown hot and cold until earlier this year, when he really grabbed his chance and shocked everyone with his lion-hearted performances against Australia Down Under. With India without any of their frontline pacers, Siraj led the attack with panache and returned with a five-for in the second innings of the Brisbane Test to set up India’s historic win at the ‘Gabbatoir’ — which was signed off by Rishabh Pant eventually.
Siraj’s meteoric rise from being the son of an autorickshaw driver to earning INR 2 crore plus contracts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and then going on to become India’s lead pacer in only his third Test match is nothing short of inspirational for kids. The hard work, graft and the success that followed is a lesson for youngsters across all fields.
As he turns 27, we take a look at the journey of the young man from the streets of Hyderabad to the watershed moment in Brisbane.
Siraj with his father Mohammed Ghaus, who was an autorickshaw driver in Hyderabad before Siraj’s rise to fame in 2017 when Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for INR INR 2.6 crore, following a good Ranji Trophy stint with the home state. Ghaus recently passed away as Siraj was in Australia, but the pacer stayed back and played for India to honour his father’s dream.
The pacer was rewarded for his breakthrough season in the Ranji Trophy by Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the 2016-17 season, he grabbed 41 wickets — the highest in the tournament. Following that, he was bought by SRH in the 2017 auction.
Siraj won the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive bowling against Gujarat Lions. The pacer finished with figures of 4/32 as SRH beat the now defunct Gujarat Lions by 8 wickets in Kanpur
Siraj’s impressive performances in the domestic circuit and the IPL earned him a place in the India A side. He posted the picture on his account saying his dream came true.
The 27-year-old got selected for the senior national side for the T20Is against New Zealand after impressing for India A. This photo was posted by him during his first-ever photoshoot for Team India
Siraj with the series winners trophy against New Zealand which India won 2-1. Siraj made his debut in the second T20I, where he took one wicket for 53 runs from his four overs.
Siraj posing with Brendon McCullum and Mandeep Singh switched sides in the 2018 IPL after he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 2.6 crore.
Siraj being awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his sensational bowling performance against Kolkata Knight Riders in last year’s IPL. The pacer grabbed 3 wickets for 8 runs and bowled two straight maidens in the game — a first-ever in the IPL.
Siraj being handed the Test cap by R Ashwin at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ahead of the second Test against Australia last year. He picked up 5/77 in the match as India won the game 8 wickets.
Siraj posing with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy inside the dressing room as India beat Australia at the Gabba to retain the trophy. Siraj impressed with a five-wicket haul in the second innings of the Test match.