As Team India continues to celebrate its laudable success in the just-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, players have returned home with happy faces. Besides, they have also been given a hero’s welcome upon their return, especially at their hometown.
The series was notable for debutant pacer, Mohammed Siraj’s performance. Making his debut in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne, he went on to play three games, following a string of injuries in the side. He finished as India’s highest wicket-taker, claiming 13 wickets at an average of 29.54, including a five-for.
Naturally, this performance has allowed Siraj to earn huge bucks from this series, including a ₹5 crore bonus from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. To impress himself and enjoy the success, he has recently gifted himself a BMW car.
Siraj posted a video story of the same on his Instagram handle, where he displays his black BMW’s interior. He also took it out for a ride on the streets of Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, the series in Australia was of great personal significance to Siraj, since his father had passed away right a week after he landed in Australia. As he decided to stay and serve the team, he dedicated the success to his late father.
Upon arrival in Hyderabad, Siraj visited the grave of his father, right from the airport. There, he was seen laying flowers on his graves, besides offering prayers.
Sweet homecoming: spending time with niece at home, strolling in balcony #IndiaHero #MohdSiraj, who returned to #Hyderabad & to family after five months: a lot happened in between, he lost his dear father who was his biggest support always & became India’s pride @ndtv @ndtvindia pic.twitter.com/gVM3gvKwAf
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) January 21, 2021
In the meantime, he has also been included in the 18-member squad for the four-Test series against England. India is the Anthony de Mello Trophy defending champion, as the series gets underway from February 5.