Cricket news - My aim now is to fulfill my father's dream - Mohammed Siraj

Siraj was drafted into the Test squad recently for the Australia series.

Siraj was drafted into the Test squad recently for the Australia series.

The last few days have been tough for Mohammed Siraj. After the highs in the Indian Premier League, he landed in Australia with the Indian side hoping to carry on the momentum. To add to his excitement, he was drafted into the Test side as well.

However, things took a turn for the worse when he received news of the death of his father. Quarantine rules in Australia meant the pacer wasn't able to travel to India for the last rites and made a decision to stay with the side. Siraj revealed his mother too urged him not to travel and miss the series. "I spoke to my mother and she too urged me to stay back, perform well for India and realise my father's dream," he told "She told me that I need to perform well and fulfill my father's dream.

"He was my biggest supporter and it's a big loss for me. He wished that I should play for India and bring glory to the nation. From here on my mindset is that I will fulfill his dreams. He may not be with me in person but he'll always be there with me in spirit.

"I liked how all the team members supported me in this time and didn't let me feel the pinch of the loss. Virat [Kohli] bhai asked to stay strong and fulfil the dream of my father. He told me that it was important for me to stay strong. His positive words made me feel better."

India, who are training under quarantine in Sydney, will kick-off their tour with the first ODI on November 27. After the three-match series, the side will play three T20Is before the four-match Test series starting from December 17.