With his magnificent spell, Indian pacer Muhammed Siraj not only won the Asia Cup 2023 final, but also the hearts of the people by donating his man-of-the-match award money to the ground crew at the R.Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
The 29-year-old bowler was selected Player of the Match for his match-winning stint of 6-21 in seven overs and received a $5000 prize money, which he presented to the Sri Lankan ground workers for their tireless efforts during the Asian championship.
In a post-match press conference, Siraj stated that he would donate his prize money to the Lankan ground crew and he discussed his world-class performance, stating that he did his best to hit the right areas.
“I want to give this cash prize to the groundsmen. They deserve it. If they were not around, this tournament would not have been successful,” he said.
“I have been bowling well for a while. The batters were getting beaten for the last two matches, but I found the edges. I just tried to hit the areas. The wicket was seaming for the last two matches, today there was swing so I tried to make the batters play as much as possible,” Siraj added.
Fans on social media praised Siraj’s kind deed.
Earlier today, Jay Shah, head of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), announced a $50,000 reward to the ground personnel of the Pallekelle and Colombo stadiums.
The ground crew at R.Premadasa Stadium worked tirelessly throughout the day and night to ensure that all of the matches went off without a hitch.
India won their eighth Asia Cup today, defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
The home team was all-out for only 50 runs, thanks to an outstanding performance by the Indian bowlers. Chasing the meager target, the Blues finished in 6.1 overs with no wickets lost.
Sri Lanka produced the lowest total in Asia Cup (ODI) history, breaking Bangladesh’s previous mark of 87 runs against Pakistan in 2000.