Yes that’s true you would be surprised to know that Md. Siraj was bought by 2.6 crores by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL -2017 auction. Mohammed Siraj, the younger son of auto driver Mohammed Ghaus was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore.
Md. Siraj [photo courtesy – twitter]
Mohammed Siraj, who landed a Rs 2.6 crore deal from Sunrisers Hyderabad, has picked 40 plus wickets in the Ranji Trophy, has been on national selector’s eyes playing in Irani Trophy as well as the warm-up game against Australia A.
“My father drove auto all these years but never let financial pressure of the family affect me or my elder brother. A bowling spikes costs a lot and he would just get the best for me. I want to buy a house for them now in a good locality,” Siraj told The Quint.
“I will drive the auto as long as I have the strength. Why should I depend on sons?” His father Md. Ghaus was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.
“He brought many mementos and sometimes cash prizes as well. However, I never knew he would become so big. It’s all God’s blessings,” the proud mother told Mumbai Mirror after the auction.
How did Md. Siraj got into the eyes of selectors?
In 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season, Siraj ended up with 41 wickets in nine games.
This led to his selection in Rest of India for the Irani Cup. Siraj was included in the playing XI
when Mumbai’s Shardul Thakur was ruled out due to an ankle injury. Siraj failed to take a wicket
in the first innings, however, he played a 31-ball 26 at No. 11. He ended with two wickets for 39.
“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
captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over the 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,” Siraj told reporters.
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