“Used To Do Catering Job, Had Thought To Leave Cricket”: India Pacer Mohammad Siraj’s Big Revelation


On his 30th birthday, right-arm fast bowler Mohammed Siraj revealed that he was planning to quit cricket in 2019-20 to do something good for himself before making his international debut. In a video posted by BCCI, the speedster took fans on a tour of his hometown Hyderabad, showing the pitch where he started and his favorite hangout areas. Siraj said that Eidgah is the place where he feels at peace these days despite traveling all over the world.

“In 2019-20 I thought that I am giving myself all this last year and after that, I will leave the game forever. As soon as I land in Hyderabad, my first thought is that I will go home. After, I will go to Eidgah. Wherever I go in the world. To be honest, I don't get this much peace anywhere. Whenever I go there, I get a lot of peace,” Siraj said.

The 30-year-old further said that he worked as a caterer to support his father, who drove an autorickshaw and was the family's primary source of income at that time. The fast bowler admitted that he used to burn his hands while trying to turn Rumali Roti.

“I used to go to do catering work. My family members used to say that son, study. I loved playing cricket because we also lived on rent. My father was the only earning person in the house. If I got a hundred or two I got a hundred rupees, I was happy with it. I used to give 100 or 150 rupees at home and kept 50 for myself. My hands used to burn while turning the rumali roti. But that's okay. I have reached my fair share of struggles. Here I am after taking part,” the fast bowler said.

Siraj has so far played 27 Tests, 41 ODIs and 10 T20 matches for Team India. He has 74 wickets to his name in Tests, which includes three five-wicket hauls, and in One Day Internationals, he has 68 wickets to his name, which includes one five-wicket haul. He has 12 wickets to his name in Twenty-20 international matches.

The Hyderabad-born cricketer will be seen in action again in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, this time representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

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