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Ravi Shastri Pep Talk Which Motivated me to Stay Back in Australia After Fathers Death, reveals Mohammed Siraj | Indiacom cricket

India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has revealed that words of encouragement from head coach Ravi Shastri during the team’s tour of Australia made him change mind about returning home after his father’s death. Despite missing players like captain Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, and Hanuma Vihari during different times in the four-match Test series – India managed to beat Australia 2-1 to win the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy for the second consecutive time in Down Under. Pacer Siraj, who made his Test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, played a crucial role in changing his team’s fortune and ended up as the highest wicket-taker for the visitors – 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. Read – WTC Final 2021: Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri’s Leaked Audio Clip Reveals Team India’s Strategy Against New Zealand; Hilarious Conversation Leaves Fans in Splits

“Tu Test match khel, dekh tereko 5 wickets milega. Tere Daddy ka dua tera saath hoga – You play the Test match. You will get 5 wickets as your father’s blessings are with you,” was what Shastri told him before the second Test in Melbourne, according to the speedster. Read – IPL 14: Franchises Start With UAE Hotels, Confident of BCCI Making Foreign Stars Available

Siraj received the news of father’s death on November 20, less than a month before the blockbuster four-match Test series was set to begin in Adelaide. He was indecisive until Shastri intervened and motivated him. Read – Post WTC Final Period Likely to Give India Freedom in England

The 27-year-old Siraj bagged five wickets for 77 runs on Test debut at the hallowed MCG. “Match ke baad Ravi sir ne bahut khus hokar bola, tujhe bola tha na 5 wickets milega (Ravi sir said after the match that I told that you will be getting five wickets). I became very confident after my coaches encouraged me in such a way,” Siraj told ABP news.

Not just Shastri but the entire team management was supportive of Siraj, who plays under skipper Virat Kohli in IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“Virat Bhai is always there. When I ’t perform well in the IPL two years back, he showed faith in my ability. He retained me in RCB and I am grateful for this,” said Siraj.

“When I lost my father during the Australia tour, both Ravi sir and bowling coach Bharat Arun sir were so supportive.”

He grabbed a five-wicket innings haul in Australia’s second innings in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane as India won the match for a historic 2-1 series triumph.

Siraj is currently in England with the Indian team for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and a five-match series against hosts England.

The Hyderabad speedster has so far captured 16 wickets in five Tests and three wickets in three T20 Internationals.