IPL Auction 2017: Mohammad Siraj’s Journey From Rs 500 to Rs 2.6 Crore

The first thing in Mohammad Siraj’s mind is to buy a house for his father and mother in a good Hyderabad locality. Why wouldn’t he? Siraj has landed a whopping deal of Rs 2.6 crore with Sunrisers Hyderabad. IPL auction was held on Monday at Ritz Calton hotel at Bangalore.

Mohammad Siraj was on cloud 9 when he landed a deal of Rs 2.6 crore. Thanks to brilliant first call season that saw him get India A. Coming from a lower middle family, Siraj wants to fulfill his parents’ dream. With this whopping amount, he wants to buy his parents house.

Mohammad Siraj’s journey

“Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over a game. My uncle was so happy he gave me ₹ 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to ₹ 2.6 crores, I just went numb,” Siraj said.

For the speedster, his progress was a gradual one. He didn’t take any training and was self-taught.

Since I started from tennis ball cricket, I am self-taught. I had pace but tennis ball cricket teaches you to bowl in blockholes. Then I played Hyderabad U22, Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare and then Ranji Trophy followed by India ‘A’. I have taken one step at a time. Next is IPL followed by the senior national team,” said Siraj.

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