Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj, who witnessed tremendous growth in career has open up and credited Indian captain Virat Kohli for his success. In his recent interaction to media Siraj said he "owes his career to Kohli".
He stated saying "Viratbhaiya always says -- you have the ability, the ability to play on any wicket and get rid of any batsman." He added "I had lost my father during the Australia series. I was devastated and not really in my senses. It was Viratbhaiya who gave me strength and support. I owe my career to him."
Siraj further said, "Virat has supported me through thick and thin. I remember how I was crying in the hotel room. Viratbhaiyaiya came to my room and hugged me tightly and said 'I am with you, don't worry'."
"Those words encouraged me a lot. He played just one Test on the tour but his messages and calls motivated me." Siraj made his international debut in a T20I against New Zealand in 2017. He ended up yielding 53 runs in the match. In October 2020, Siraj earned his first Test call-up for the Australian tour. Unfortunately, he lost his father to a brief illness during that time but the fast bowler rather decided to stay back and play for his nation.
Siraj appeared in the recently-suspended IPL 2021. He also placed in the 20-man squad for the ICC WTC final and the five-Test series in England.