The prominent Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj earned the Player of the Match accolade for his outstanding performance in the Asia Cup 2023 final versus Sri Lanka. With a remarkable spell of 6/21, he played a pivotal role in India’s dominant ten-wicket victory, securing their eighth title in the Continental championship.
With regard to his exceptional efforts, the 29-year-old received a prize money of $5000 (equivalent to INR 415,451.75). In a touching gesture, he chose to dedicate this reward to the groundsmen, acknowledging their indispensable contribution to the tournament’s success. This is a heartwarming gesture as the ground staff both in Kandy as well as Colombo have been phenomenal throughout the tournament.
“Have been bowling well for a long time. Was missing the edges earlier but found them today. The wicket was seaming earlier, but there was swing today. Thought that I would 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 would not have been possible without them,” Siraj said post winning the Player of the Match award.
Let us look at how Twitter has reacted to this gesture from Siraj:
Siraj winning the match as well as the hearts ❤️👑
— Chatur (Not an Idiot) (@mpbsvs) September 17, 2023
Very nice Gesture 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/pc47f0Lz7H
— Kapil Pratap Singh (@kapil9994) September 17, 2023
Historical spell by Siraj.😍👏
— iamsayedul (@Beingsayedul) September 17, 2023
What a great gesture from Siraj, Proud of him ❤️🔥
— Harman Singh (@HarmanS48671788) September 17, 2023
What a gem of a person ❤️ Wish God gives him all the success in the World Cup. One of our key players truly.
— Shahzeb Khan (@theshahzebkhan) September 17, 2023
LOVE HAS GONE UP N UP N UP….😍😍😍
— the DUGOUT ! (@teams_dream) September 17, 2023
India created history 📖❤🔥🏏
Huge congratulations🎉🥳 to team India 🇮🇳❤❤
Siraj 🔥🔥❤🇮🇳 boom boom 6 wicket 🔥🔥🔥✌❤
Dil jeet liya bhai ❤❤❤
— GORDXROHIT (@gordxrohit) September 17, 2023
What a great human being he is
— जनरल नरभक्षी 🏹 (@GDnarbhakshi) September 17, 2023
Miya bhai 1 din me Kitni baar dil jeetoge ❤️❤️
— Felix Makwana (@felixmakwana) September 17, 2023
ACC President Jay Shah awards a prize fund of INR 41.5 lakh to the ground staff and curators
The 16th edition of the Asia Cup faced significant disruptions due to frequent rain interruptions. However, the dedicated ground staff demonstrated their effectiveness by swiftly removing heavy coverings and employing innovative techniques to dry the pitches. The efforts of the curators were equally commendable, as they prepared pitches that offered a balanced contest between bowlers and batsmen.
On Sunday, September 17, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President, Jay Shah, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), announced a substantial prize fund of USD 50,000 (equivalent to INR 41.5 lakhs or 1.6 crore Sri Lankan rupees) for the diligent curators and groundsmen in both Colombo and Kandy. Shah acknowledged these individuals as the ‘Unsung Heroes of Cricket,’ emphasizing that the success of the tournament was a direct result of their unwavering commitment and hard work.
During the award ceremony, the ACC President presented the USD 50,000 reward to national curator Godfrey Dabrare, recognizing the outstanding contributions of Sri Lanka’s ground staff in ensuring the smooth conduct of the competition.