Sarfaraz Khan: Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian team is currently playing a series of 5 Test matches against the England team. In the first match of the series, India faced a defeat by a margin of 28 runs. With this victory, the English team has taken a lead of 1-0 in the series. The second match of this series will be played in Visakhapatnam from February 2. The Indian team will soon gear up for the second contest.
However, even before that, the BCCI has announced a new team, in which Sarfaraz Khan has also been included, who has got an opportunity in the team after a wait of 9 years. Along with this, two star players from India have been excluded from the team.
Sarfaraz Khan finally got a chance in Team India
Actually, Team India is scheduled to play the second Test match against the England team in Visakhapatnam from February 2. For this, the management has announced a new team, in which Sarfaraz Khan, along with Saurabh Kumar and Washington Sundar, has been included. However, due to injuries, star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have been ruled out of the team.
Let it be known that the BCCI has issued a press release announcing a new team, specifically for the second Test match. The reason for announcing this team is the injuries to star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul. Jadeja, who won everyone’s heart with his performance in the first Test match, has suffered a hamstring injury, while Rahul has a quadriceps pain. Due to these injuries, both players are out of the team. This is why the BCCI had to provide an opportunity to other players as their replacements. Among these players, Sarfaraz Khan is also included.
Mumbai’s star middle-order batsman, Sarfaraz Khan, made his first-class debut at the age of 17. Now, at the age of 26, he has earned the opportunity to join Team India. Sarfaraz played his first class match in December 2014. In the initial years, he did not make a significant mark in domestic cricket. However, from the year 2020 onwards, his bat has been consistently performing well. Despite this, the BCCI was not giving him a place in the Test team. However, now Sarfaraz’s luck has turned, and the selectors have included him in the team.
Sarfaraz Khan’s performance in the recent Ranji season
From the 2019-20 season, Sarfaraz Khan started showcasing his batting prowess. In that season, he accumulated an impressive average of 154.66 and a strike rate of 78.64, scoring 928 runs in 9 innings across 6 matches. This included 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries, with his highest score being an unbeaten 301 runs, which remains his best in domestic cricket to date.
After making a mark with his batting in the 2019-20 season, he wreaked havoc in the 2021-22 season as well. In that season, he scored 982 runs in 9 innings across 6 matches, boasting an impressive average of 122.75 and a strike rate of 69.54. It was his best Ranji season, featuring four centuries and two half-centuries, including a double century with a highest score of 275 runs. Thanks to his stellar performance, he topped the charts for the most runs in that season.
Following that, Sarfaraz showcased his brilliance in the 2022-23 season as well, where he scored 556 runs in 9 innings across 6 matches with an average of 92.66 and a strike rate of 72.49. In that season, he achieved a highest score of 162 runs with three centuries and one half-century to his name.
Meaning, his record has been quite spectacular in the past 3 seasons. In the last three seasons, Sarfaraz has scored a total of 2466 runs with 10 centuries, which is the highest among any other batsman. This is the reason why the news of his inclusion in the team has caused a buzz on the entire internet. Thanks to his formidable performance, he is referred to as the Sir Don Bradman of Indian domestic cricket.
Recent performance of Sarfaraz Khan
In the Ranji Trophy 2024, Sarfaraz has played only one match so far, in which he scored one run and got out against Bihar. Currently, Sarfaraz is playing for India A team. In December, he played innings of 68 and 34 runs in two matches against South Africa A. This month, he has scored 96, 4, 55, and 161 runs against England Lions. His outstanding form and powerful performances have earned him a place in the Indian Test team. However, it remains challenging for him to secure a spot in the playing eleven.
Actually, Team India, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, is set to play the second Test match against England at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Experts are already working on forming the playing eleven for this match. According to the anticipated playing eleven, it appears to be challenging for Sarfaraz Khan to secure a spot. However, this will only be known during the match.
India’s probable playing 11 for the 2nd test against England
Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rajat Patidar, KS Bharat (WK), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohd. Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.
India’s updated Squad for 2nd Test vs England
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar and Sourabh Kumar.
Sarfaraz Khan’s cricket career
Sarfaraz Khan, who made his debut in the year 2014, has played 45 first-class matches to date. In these matches, across 66 innings, he has amassed 3912 runs with an average of 69.85 and a strike rate of 70.48. During this period, he has scored 14 centuries and 11 half-centuries. Notably, he achieved a triple century with his bat during the 2019-20 Ranji season, with his highest score in first-class cricket being an unbeaten 301 runs.
However, Sarfaraz doesn’t boast any notable records in white-ball cricket. In List A cricket, he has played 37 matches, scoring 629 runs in 27 innings with an average of 34.94 and a strike rate of 94.16. During this period, he has managed to score only 2 centuries, with his highest score being 117 runs. In T20 cricket, across 96 matches and 74 innings, he has scored 1128 runs with an average of 22.41 and a strike rate of 128.29. He has registered 3 half-centuries in T20s, with a highest score of 67 runs. Now, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to get opportunities in the Indian team and whether he can perform well in those opportunities. This is the biggest question.
Who is Sarfaraz Khan?
Sarfaraz Khan is a middle order batsman of india, who plays for mumbai in domestic cricket.
What is Sarfaraz Khan age?
Sarfaraz Khan age is 26 years, as he was born on 22 October 1997.
Sarfaraz Khan record in ranji trophy?
26 years old Sarfaraz Khan has made many record in ranji, which in not possible to tell in one line. In last 3 ranji seasons he has hit 10 centuries, which is highest among any other batter.
What is Sarfaraz Khan highest score?
Sarfaraz Khan highest score in ranji is 301*, Which came from his bat during the 2019-20 Ranji season.
Who is Sarfaraz Khan’s brother?
Musheer Khan is Sarfaraz Khan’s khan younger brother, who is currently associated with India U19 team. At this time Musheer is playing U19 World Cup 2024.