Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj has revealed that it was head coach Ravi Shastri’s inspirational words that made him change the idea of returning home after the death of his father during the team’s tour of Australia. According to this fast bowler, before the second Test in Melbourne, Shastri told him, ‘You play Test matches, see you will get five wickets. Your dad’s blessings will be with you.’
Siraj got the news of his father’s death
Siraj (27 years) took five wickets for 77 runs in his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He told ‘ABP News’, ‘After the match, Ravi sir said very happily, you said that you will not get five wickets. My confidence increased a lot when my coaches inspired me in this way.
Siraj was broken by the death of his father, cried a lot after clinging to Virat
Not only Shastri but the entire team management was supporting Siraj, who plays in Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore under captain Virat Kohli.
Siraj said, ‘Virat bhai always helps. Two years ago when I didn’t do well in IPL, he showed confidence in my ability and kept me in Royal Challengers Bangalore and I am thankful to him for that.