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Teary-eyed Mohammed Siraj reveals thoughts of late father during national anthem
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Teary-eyed Mohammed Siraj reveals thoughts of late father during national anthem

India paceman Mohammed Siraj has opened up about the emotional moment during the team's national anthem before the start of the third Test as he was seen shedding tears.

The stirring visuals caught on camera amidst India's solemn patriotic song soon went viral on the internet.

Siraj, who made his debut in India's Test victory at the MCG recently, later revealed he was overcome with grief at the memory of his late father.

The 26-year-old made a tough decision to stay with the Indian squad in Australia after his father passed away in November.

"At the time of the national anthem I remembered my dad," Siraj told reporters in the aftermath of the opening day's play at the SCG.

"He wanted to see me play Test cricket for India and today he would have been proud had he been alive."

Siraj claimed the wicket of David Warner early on Thursday to briefly lift India before Australia solidified their position in the game by reaching 166-2 by the end of a heavily rain-affected day.

The right-arm fast bowler's father died on November 20 just as India prepared for the start of their limited-overs assignment against Australia.

Siraj stayed in the team's bio-secure bubble refusing an offer to travel back home for his deceased parent's funeral.

"I talked to my mother and she told me to stay back in Australia and fulfill my father's dream," Siraj told bcci.tv in November.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore player has frequently praised his father, an auto-rickshaw driver from Hyderabad, for making sacrifices to help his dream of representing India on the national stage come true.

Siraj's tears drew motivational messages on social media with former India cricketers Wasim Jaffer and Mohammad Kaif also praising the youngster for accomplishing his goals. His strong character and raw emotions were admired by netizens.