The IPL auction 2017 threw some big surprises with Indian pacer Ishant Sharma going unsold.
The biggest catch for the day at the tenth IPL player auction in Bangalore on Monday was Mohammed Siraj, a 22-year-old medium pacer who also can bat well, being bought for Rs 2.8 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Born on March 13, 1994, in Hyderabad, Siraj comes from a lower middle class with his father driving auto for the last 30 years.
In an interview to Times Now, Siraj said he would buy a house with the money and see that his father stops driving auto in the city.
The family is from Hyderabad and stays at a rented house near Banjara Hills area in Hyderabad.
Siraj (base price Rs 20 lakh) but he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore.
“My father has been driving his auto rickshaw for the last 30 years. I urged him to stop, but he did not pay heed to my request. I’m confident of convincing him now. He needs a good rest,” Siraj had told mid-day earlier.
And it appears that after scooping this contract with the IP his dream would come true.
“Since I bowled well with the tennis ball, my friends urged me to play in a league tournament where I played for Charminar Cricket Club and performed well. When I played under-23 cricket for Hyderabad last year, our captain Arjun Yadav guided me on a few bowling aspects. I developed on my own,” he said.
The biggest surprise of the day was England all-rounder Ben Stokes who was bought for Rs 14.5 crore ($2.16 million approx) by Rising Pune Supergiants.