‘Tremendous character’ – Sourav Ganguly pens motivational message for Mohammed Siraj after the pacer’s father’s death

Mohammed Siraj's father Mohammed Ghouse passed away yesterday in Hyderabad aged 53.

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Mohammed Siraj with his father

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away in Hyderabad on Friday after a lung ailment at the age of 53. Siraj is currently in Australia training for the India versus Australia test series. The fast-bowlers reportedly heard the news when he returned from a practice session. Due to bio-bubble rules, Siraj won’t be able to travel to India for his father’s final rites.

Siraj’s father Mohammad Ghouse was admitted to a hospital for the lung ailment on October 20. On the following day, his son Siraj produced a terrific spell of fast bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to return figures of 3-8. However, over the course of the next few days, Ghouse’s health deteriorated and Ghouse passed away on Friday.

Sourav Ganguly sends support to grief-stricken Siraj

Following news of Siraj’s father’s death, Sourav Gangly, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India took to Twitter to console the pacer and wish him strength. The former Indian captain wrote, “May Mohammed Siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss. Lots of good wishes for his success in this trip. Tremendous cricket.”

Siraj had stated yesterday that he is being provided all the support he needs. “The coach Shastri Sir and captain Virat Kohli were informed about the news. They just told me to be bold and are lending all the support,” Siraj had said. Further, the BCCI had offered Siraj the option of leaving for India to perform his father’s last rites but the pacer decided to stay with the team and practice for the upcoming series.

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