New Delhi: In a heart-touching moment that captured the essence of sportsmanship, Mohammed Siraj, the cricket sensation, stole the limelight during the Asia Cup 2023 final between India and Sri Lanka. Siraj’s explosive bowling performance, where he secured 6 wickets for a mere 21 runs in 7 overs, earned him the coveted Player of the Match award. However, it was his subsequent action that truly warmed the hearts of cricket fans worldwide.
A generous gesture
Mohammed Siraj, known for his talent and humility, announced that he would be gifting his Player of the Match award to the dedicated ground staff. This generous gesture not only showcased his gratitude but also highlighted his respect for the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of every match.
He is Mohd Siraj, ICT bowler.
He was born in a poor Muslim family in Hyderabad, his father was an auto driver.
Today he took 6 wickets against SL in finals, he was awarded man of the match for that performance.
He donated all the prize money to Premadasa stadium ground staff.… pic.twitter.com/iugFde36hK
— Dr Nimo Yadav (@niiravmodi) September 17, 2023
Sri Lankan ground staff recognized
In another remarkable move, the ground staff of Sri Lanka received a well-deserved accolade for their exceptional contributions during the tournament. A substantial check of US$ 50,000 was presented to the Sri Lankan ground staff in recognition of their tireless efforts and commitment. The award was collected by National Curator Godfrey Dabarre, symbolizing the collective appreciation for their invaluable work.
Mohammad Siraj wins Player Of The Match award for his unbelievable spell of 6/21.
Siraj the hero! 💙 pic.twitter.com/bBCtoMqzT9
— Tanveer Ahmed (@Tanveer29053169) September 17, 2023
Mohammed Siraj’s act of kindness and the recognition of the ground staff’s dedication serve as a testament to the spirit of sportsmanship and unity that transcends boundaries. It is gestures like these that remind us that cricket is not just a game but a platform for fostering goodwill and camaraderie among nations.