Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan has been in terrific form in domestic cricket pilling on runs season after season. His snub from India’s test team for the Border Gavaskar Trophy series resulted in a lot of debate. The right-handed batter was once termed a white-ball cricketer, who cannot play red-ball. However, over the last few years, he has proved his critics wrong.
Sarfaraz Khan has slammed 3505 runs in 37 matches, at an average of 79.65. He has thirteen centuries and nine half-centuries to his name. In Ranji Trophy 2022-23, the Mumbai batter scored 556 runs at an average of 92.66. Speaking to Aakash Chopra on JioCinema’s platform, Sarfaraz Khan recalled the criticism regarding his batting in the red-ball format. He said,
“When I returned from the World Cup and played IPL for 1-2 years, some people said that Sarfaraz Khan is a white ball player who will not be able to play against the red ball and that he is the only player who can bat for the last 4 overs with the white ball. But I knew that I could do it, and I have been working hard on it. I was waiting for an opportunity where I could get 4-5 matches to play continuously in the Ranji Trophy, so I’ll show them who I am.”
After my triple century, I realized things aren’t as difficult as people make them: Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan is known for his daddy hundreds, converting starts into big scores. His highest score of 301* runs came against Uttar Pradesh in the 2019/20 season. The prolific run-scorer expressed that he worked hard in the format, and his triple hundred that it wasn’t as hard as he thought it would be. Sarfaraz Khan said,
“When that day came, I made a comeback for Mumbai, and my first century for Mumbai ended up going straight to the triple century. After that, I realized that things aren’t as difficult as people make them out to be. I also had a dream from childhood of raising the bat and helmet in my hand with Mumbai’s logo on my chest, so the taste for that thing is never going away and I will never let it go.”
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