Young Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj who has taken giant strides in international cricket over the last four months has credited India skipper Virat Kohli for everything. Siraj said that he owes his career to Kohli. Kohli is also his skipper at the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL. That also means Siraj has worked closely with Kohli, who has shown a tendency of backing his fast bowlers. Also Read - WTC Final: India Got Enough Time to Prepare, How Quickly They Adapt Will be Key, Says Venkatesh Prasad
“I had lost my father during the Australian series. I was shattered and not really in my senses. It was Virat bhaiya who gave me the support. Mera career Virat bhaiya ke wajeh se hai,” he told The Times of India.com. Also Read - VIDEO: Virat Kohli-Led India Team Audition Ahead of WTC Final at Southampton, Watch Intra-Squad Day 3 Highlights
“He supported me a lot through thick and thin. He has always been there for me in all circumstances. I still remember how I was crying in the hotel room. Virat bhaiya came into my room and hugged me tightly and said – ‘I am with you, do not worry’. Those words encouraged me a lot. He (Virat) played just one Test in that series but his advice and calls motivated me. And that is why I could perform,” Siraj added. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar 'Delighted' to See Vinoo Mankad Inducted Into ICC Hall of Fame
After a successful tour of Australia recently, a confident Siraj said he would like to carry the good form in England tour as well.
“Since I made my debut, I have given 100 per cent for my team. All I win is a victory at the end. The win gives me a special feeling. The Australia tour gave me a lot of confidence and I am going to carry the same confidence to England as well,” he added further.
Siraj is part of the India squad touring England. He is expected to play a key role in the tour which comprises of the inaugural World Test Championship final and the five-match Test series versus England.