Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj delivered a masterclass with the ball and won the Player of the Match award in the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka. He has come up with a heartfelt gesture after he received the award.
Siraj returned with an exemplary 6/21 spell as India outplayed the hosts. The Men In Blue won the game by ten wickets and clinched their eighth title in the Continental championship.
The 29-year-old received a prize money of $5000 (INR 415451.75). In a heartwarming gesture, he dedicated the reward to groundsmen, stating the competition wouldn’t have been possible without them. Here is what he said:
“Have been bowling well since a long time. Was missing the edges earlier but found them today. The wicket was seaming earlier, but there was swing today. [I] Thought that I will bowl fuller because of the swing. When there’s good bonding between fast bowlers, it’s helpful for the team. I was thinking it would be great if I could stop the boundary. My best spell. This cash prize [$5000 or INR 415,452 approx] goes to the groundsmen. This tournament wouldn’t have been possible without them,” Siraj said after winning the Player of the Match award.
After brilliant performance in the Asia Cup Final, Mohammed Siraj once again won everyone's hearts. He dedicated his Player of the Match cash prize to ground staffs, saying they deserved it, without them the tournament would not have been successful. ❤️pic.twitter.com/AGxgtTT8ey
— Abhishek (@AbhishekSay) September 17, 2023