Hyderabad: Indian cricketer from Hyderabad Mohammed Siraj, who picked up five wickets and played a key role in India’s stunning victory in the fourth Test at the Gabba in Brisbane and helped India clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1, revealed that he got engaged last year.
Interacting with media upon arrival in Hyderabad, Siraj confirmed he was engaged when asked if the rumours of him being engaged were true. Sources close to the cricketer said that the engagement took place in July last year.
Speaking to the media at his residence in Hyderabad on his arrival from Australia, the pacer said he was going through a tough period after his father’s (Mohammed Ghouse) demise in November. He wanted to come back to his family in the time of need but his mother and his fiancée stood by him and encouraged him.
“It was difficult and mentally depressing for me. When I called home, they told me to fulfill my dad’s dream. My fiancée motivated me and my team supported me. I dedicated all my wickets in the tour to him,” he said. He further added that his fiancé spoke to him about only cricket when he was feeling down during the Sydney Test where he faced racist remarks from the stands. The engagement took place in June last year and would get married soon, according to his friends.
Further, he said, “I am happy being home. My mom specially cooked Nihari-Paaya. She is very emotional right now.”
When asked if his performance was an answer to those who racially abused him in Australia, he said, “Exactly!” Siraj also seemed confident ahead of the England series.
“Not just me; a lot of Hyderabadis can make the city proud by working hard. I will surely support them all,” said Siraj, in the press meet.
Earlier in the day, Siraj paid floral tributes at the grave of his father at a graveyard in Khairtabad. The 26-year-old drove from Hyderabad international airport to the graveyard.
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