Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan paid a heart-wrenching tribute to late singer Sidhu Moosewala after another century in the Ranji Trophy 2022 final against Madhya Pradesh. Sarfaraz’s dream run with the bat in India’s premier domestic competition continued even in the summit clash.
The right-handed batter came to bat when Mumbai were 147-3 after 50.1 overs. The top order had fallen without a big score and the middle order was doing the same. But Sarfaraz dug in and smashed his 101 off 190 balls. He reached his century with a boundary against spinner Kumar Kartikeya in the 114th over.
Sarfaraz Khan unfurled an animated celebration, punching the air and letting out an intense, teary-eyed roar. He then did the thigh-five, a popular signature step of Moosewala, which gained emotional significance when the Punjabi singer’s father did it proudly during his son’s funeral procession.
Watch the clip here:
💯 for Sarfaraz Khan! 👏 👏
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) June 23, 2022
Sidhu Moosewala, who hails from Punjab, was brutally shot dead on May 29 at the age of 28 in his home district of Mansa. He was one of the most popular and revered singers of this generation.
Sarfaraz Khan only behind Don Bradman in highest first-class average
The Mumbai-born cricketer became the first cricketer to 900+ runs in successive editions of the Ranji Trophy. Sarfaraz scored 928 runs in the 2019-20 edition of Ranji Trophy and has recorded 937 runs so far in the ongoing edition. Ajay Sharma and Wasim Jaffer are the other players to have breached the 900-run mark in a Ranji Trophy season on two occasions.
Sarfaraz’s average of 82.82 is the second-highest for any batter with 2000-plus runs in the format. The only batter with a better average is Donald Bradman, who has 28067 runs to his name at an average of 95.14.