Watch: Siraj pays tribute to his father; speaks on abuse from Australian fans

An emotional Mohammed Siraj on Thursday went straight to the graveyard after returning from Australia and paid his last respects to his father who died two months ago while the India speedster was doing national team duty. Siraj's 53-year-old father, who was an auto driver, had died on November 20 due to a lung ailment, barely a week after his son landed in Australia with the Indian team for a long tour. "It was very difficult for me. I was mentally depressed. I called home and spoke to my mom and family, who supported me. They told me to fulfil my dad's dream. My fiancee also motivated me. The entire team supported me," Siraj said at a press conference on his return. He made his Test debut in the second match in Melbourne and finished the Border-Gavaskar series with 13 wickets -- the most by any Indian bowler as the team came from behind to script a memorable 2-1 series win. Watch the full video for more details.

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