Mohammed Siraj’s brother and mother received the gift on his behalf from Anand Mahindra.© Instagram
The Indian cricket team had to dig deep to pull off a stunning Test series win in Australia earlier this year. Fighting with depleted resources, several youngsters and newcomers stepped up to help India come back from behind to win the series 2-1. Industrialist Anand Mahindra had at the time promised to gift cars to six players who rose to prominence in the series Down Under, and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was among them. Siraj received his gift recently and on Sunday, he took to social media to thank Anand Mahindra for the SUV.
“Words fail me at this moment. There is nothing I can say or do that will adequately express how I feel about your beautiful gift,” Siraj tweeted.
“For now, I’ll just say a big fat thank you @anandmahindra sir,” he added.
Siraj shared a picture of his brother and mother receiving the car, with the cricketer himself away on IPL duty.
Siraj made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne, which India won.
As injuries piled up, by the time the fourth Test came around the corner, Siraj was the leader of the Indian bowling attack, with all of two Tests under his belt.
T Natarajan and Washington Sundar made their debuts in the final Test, while Saini had only played one Test before that.
It was also Shardul Thakur’s second Test, but it was as good as a debut for him as he bowled only 1.4 overs before picking up an injury in his only prior appearance for India in the longest format of the game.
Siraj claimed a five-wicket haul in the second innings at the Gabba to set up a historic win for India that also saw them clinch the series.
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