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Sarfaraz Khan Not Pondering About National Call-Up After Record-Breaking Ranji Trophy

The young Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan has been in the form of his life in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. He has been playing big knocks ever since he broke into the playing XI and there was no looking back from then. His recent form has raised speculation over a national call-up; however, Sarfaraz is not thinking about a national call-up. 

Meanwhile, the beginning was not that great as he missed the first three games before making it into the first XI. Although Mumbai failed to reach the quarterfinals, Sarfaraz Ahmed had a superb run in the Ranji Trophy. 605 runs across three innings between two dismissals and ended the season with a 177-run knock against Madhya Pradesh.

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As he appears to be in every news headlines, Sarfaraz is trying to keep his feet grounded and work harder. He will be in action in the Indian Premier League playing for Kings XI Punjab and will hope to play a lead role as the franchise continue their hunt for their maiden title. 

“Whenever I get a chance, I have to do well not only in the IPL. I am not thinking of a national call-up, I am thinking of today. Everyone wants to play for India but for that you need to work hard,” Sarfaraz Khan told IANS.

Incidentally, it has been a tough journey for the former India U19 player. Sarfaraz Khan made the headlines playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore but inconsistent run and poor fitness halted his dream run. He moved to Uttar Pradesh to prove his mettle before coming back to Mumbai for better opportunities, where he has taken the stage by storm. 

“I was not getting opportunities. I was waiting for an opportunity. I was waiting for my time to come. My dad said so I went [to Uttar Pradesh]. I thought I had to come back to Mumbai to make a career. The UP team was not playing me so I had no choice. I don”t think of what happened in the past. I think of the present and what to do the next day. It”s a proud feeling to play for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy,” he concluded.

 

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