On his 30th birthday Mohammed Siraj reveals his life struggles

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Indian Fast Bowler, Mohammed Siraj, on his 30th birthday on March 13 revealed that he had considered quitting cricket in 2019. This revelation has taken the cricketing world by surprise, given his current status as one of India’s top pacers.

In a video released by the BCCI, the pacer took the fans for a tour around his hometown of Hyderabad and showed the ground where everything started for him and his favourite hangout spots.

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Mohammed Siraj on his early struggles

“As soon as I land in Hyderabad, my first thought is that I will go home. After home I will go to Eidgah. Wherever in the world I go. I don’t get so much peace anywhere, to be honest. Whenever I go there, I get so much peace,” said Mohammed Siraj.

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In 2019, Siraj found himself at a crossroads. Despite his passion for the sport, he was struggling to make his mark at the international level. He gave himself a year to succeed, vowing to walk away from the game if he didn’t achieve his goals. This decision was a significant turning point in his career.

“In 2020…19 I had thought I am giving myself this last year and after that I will leave the game for good,” said Siraj.

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Siraj’s journey to success was not an easy one. Coming from a humble background, he used to work in catering to support his family. He would often burn his hands flipping roomali roti, but he took these struggles in stride. His determination and hard work eventually paid off, leading him to become a mainstay in the Indian cricket team.

“I used to go to do a catering job. My family members used to say that son, please study. I liked playing cricket very much because we used to live on rent also. My dad was the only earning member in the house. If I got a hundred or two hundred rupees, I was happy with it. I used to give 100 or 150 rupees at home and keep 50 for myself.”

“My hands would burn as I had to flip roomali roti. But that’s ok. I have reached here after having my fair share of struggles,” said Mohammed Siraj.

His breakthrough came during India’s tour of Australia, where he made his debut in the second Test at the MCG, Melbourne. He ended the series as India’s highest wicket-taker, claiming 13 scalps. This performance marked the beginning of his ascent in international cricket.

In 2023, Mohammed Siraj’s 6 for 21 wreaked havoc with the ball as India bundled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 50 to win the Asia Cup final. He ended the year with 60 wickets overall, the fifth-most, and returned with 44 scalps in ODIs, the second-most.

Despite his global travels, Siraj finds peace in his hometown of Hyderabad. He often visits the Eidgah ground, where he started his cricketing journey. This connection to his roots keeps him grounded and serves as a reminder of how far he’s come.

The ace bowler is all ready to represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2024.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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