From A Humble ₹500 to ₹2.6 Crore IPL Deal, Mohammed Siraj Is The Hero We All Want To Be

Mohammad Siraj has been making waves in the domestic cricket scene for quite some time now. The young lad is a right-arm speedster and has earned calls from the India A and Rest of India sides with his excellent run of form.

The 22-year-old belongs to a very humble background, with his father being an autorickshaw driver, and saw his life change in the latest IPL auctions when he was poached by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping ₹ 2.6 crore, against his base price of only ₹ 20 lakh.

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He has carved a name for himself in just three years and called the auction amount an unexpected one.

“It’s a dream come true for me. I am thrilled about it as I hadn’t expected to be picked up for such a high price. I was hoping to play for some team this year as I have performed quite well but this price tag is beyond my expectation,” Siraj told TOI on Monday.

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Mere walid saab ne bohot mehnat ki hain (My father has struggled a lot). He drove auto all these years but never let financial pressure of the family affect me or my elder brother. Bowling spikes cost a lot and he would just get the best for me. I want to buy a house for them now in a good locality,” an emotional Siraj said.

 

Talking of his journey, Siraj said, “Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb.”

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A part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad now, Siraj will be mentored by VVS Laxman and captained by David Warner. Sharing the excitement, he said, “As a youngster, I would like to learn everything I can. Laxman sir is there and I would get a chance to interact with a player of David Warner’s stature.”

Way to go, Siraj! We hope to see you in the national team soon! 

H/T: NDTV

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