Mohammed Siraj: The son of an auto-rickshaw driver who became an IPL star

By Shawn.Dsouza

Mohammed Siraj, a fast bowler who has played for the Indian crickete team, was born in Hyderabad on March 13, 1994.

Mohammed Siraj's father Mohammed Ghaus was an auto-rickshaw driver while his mother, a housewife.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with his father

Mohammed Siraj's father drove an auto-rickshaw for 30 years and underwent many hardships to see Siraj pursue his dream.

It was at the age of 7 that Mohammed Siraj realised his passion for the game and began playing. However, it was not until 2015, that Mohammed Siraj first bowled with a cricket ball.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with his family

Mohammed Siraj made created history during the RCB vs KKR match on October 21, 2020 when he took 3 wickets for 8 runs. Siraj bowled two consecutive maiden overs and became the first-ever bowler to do so in the history of IPL.

Mohammed Siraj made his first-class debut in 2015 and has played 36 matches taking 147 wickets and scoring 300 runs. Siraj's best bowling figures are a stunning 8/59.

Mohammed Siraj also played a total of 46 List A cricket matches taking 81 wickets with best figures of 5/37.

In February 2017, Mohammed Siraj was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore.

In his debut IPL season in 2017, Mohammed Siraj impressed SRH with 10 wickets in 6 matches he played with figures of 4/32 - his all-time IPL best.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with Virat Kohli

The following year in January, Mohammed Siraj was purchased by VIrat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore and has not looked back since.

In picture: When Mohammed Siraj and family invited Virat Kohli and Indian cricketers home. 

For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohammed Siraj has so far played a total of 24 matches taking 24 wickets.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with Virat Kohli as the latter enjoys a meal at Siraj's home

During the 2017-18 Vijay Hazare Tropy, Mohammed Siraj was the leading wicket-taker with 23 wickets in 7 matches.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina

In September 2018, Mohammed Siraj was named in India's Test squad against West Indies, but did not end up playing. He has yet to make his debut in the long format of the game.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with Rishabh Pant

Mohammed Siraj played his only ODI on January 15, 2019 but failed to make an impact going wicket-less.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with his friends during a dinner outing. (Siraj in a yellow t-shirt.)

Mohammed Siraj made his T20I debut in March 2018 and played 3 matches since, taking 3 wickets.

In picture: Mohammed Siraj with Shahbaz Nadeem and Ishan Kishan at his home for dinner

Mohammed Siraj has played 30 IPL matches with a total of 34 wickets at an average of 28.17 and economy rate of 9.02. His best bowling figures remains 4/32.

About the Gallery

Royal Challengers Bangalore's pacer Mohammed Siraj created history during their win against Kolkta Knight Riders during the IPL 2020 match on October 21. Today, we take a look at the RCB pacer's life from humble beginnings to achieving glory on the cricket field. Pictures Courtesy/ Mohammed Siraj's Instagram

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