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Five Cricketers who played a match after the death of a family member

These players performed their professional duties despite bearing a personal loss.

Virat Kohli, Mohammad Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Source: BCCI/IPL)

Cricketers live a busy life all year round. They have a compact calendar throughout the year and hardly get any time to spend with their loved ones. They celebrate all their achievements away from family and sometimes even miss the last moments of their family members.

There have been many instances in the history of cricket when players showed great fortitude and played the game they love after losing their close family members. Let’s take a look at  such moments when cricketers fought their inner battles and gave their all on the field despite being in a dark phase mentally:

1) Mohammed Siraj Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21

Mohammad Siraj

Mohammed Siraj (Source: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj made headlines when he got picked up by the Bangalore franchise for Rs 2.6 crores in the Indian T20 League. Siraj was a son of an Autorickshaw driver Mohammed Ghaus. He was all set to make his Test debut for India in the Border Gavaskar series 2020-21 but sad news shook him just before the big moment.

Siraj lost his father before the start of the series and couldn’t even attend his last rites due to covid protocols. The seamer showed great resilience as he made his debut in the second Test and impressed everyone with his impeccable accuracy. He went on to become the highest wicket-taker from India in the series and led his team to a 2-1 historic series win.

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