Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India speedster Mohammad Siraj has come a long way in his international career. However, Siraj’s cricketing journey is not bed of roses and he had to struggle hard to come to this stage.

On his 30th birthday, Siraj revealed that before making his international debut he was planning to quit cricket back in 2019-20 to do something useful for himself.

In a recent video posted by BCCI, Siraj took fans on a tour of his hometown Hyderabad. He showed the pitch where it all began for him and his favourite hangout areas. Siraj stated that the ground Eidgah is where he feels tranquil despite going all over the world these days.

“In 2019-20 I had thought I am giving myself this last year and after that, I will leave the game for good. As soon as I land in Hyderabad, my first thought is that I will go home. After home, I will go to Eidgah. Wherever in the world I go. I don’t get so much peace anywhere, to be honest. Whenever I go there, I get so much peace,” said Siraj.

The pacer further revealed that he used to work as a caterer to support his father, who drove an autorickshaw and was the family’s primary source of income at the time. The pacer admitted that he used to burn his hands trying to flip roomali roti.

“I used to go to do a catering job. My family members used to say that son, please study. I liked playing cricket very much because we used to live on rent also. My dad was the only earning member in the house. If I got a hundred or two hundred rupees, I was happy with it. I used to give 100 or 150 rupees at home and keep 50 for myself. My hands would burn as I had to flip roomali roti. But that’s ok. I have reached here after having my fair share of struggles,” he added.