- Feb 24, 2024
- May 24, 2023
The Ranji Trophy 2022 has witnessed many remarkable performances from cricketers throughout the nation, but Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan stood out as a special talent among the lot. He has frequently dazzled spectators in the Indian T20 League, but this year he made sure that his power-hitting abilities were taken note of in the longest format as well.
Sarfaraz had a strong finish to the 2022 campaign, scoring 982 runs in just nine innings while averaging an astounding 122.75. He smashed 93 boundaries and 19 sixes during the competition. Additionally, he scored four centuries, which is second-most this season, including the one in the ultimate clash versus Madhya Pradesh, who have been crowned the champions.
Sunil Gavaskar, a Mumbai veteran, and former India captain, even stated that he wouldn’t be shocked if Sarfaraz is selected for the Indian Test team.
“It’s a matter of great honor that he thinks so highly of me. If you go to any cricket ground and ask any child practicing there what his ultimate goal is, he would answer that he wants to play for India. I also have the same dream. But my Abbu says, ‘trust the process. I play in the hope that I get better every day. This is my passion; this is what I have always wanted to do, and I never want to come out of this zone. When it will be in my luck, I will play for India,” Sarfaraz told Indian Express.
The fitness angle has always been a matter of discussion when Sarfaraz is being talked about. When people speak about Sarfaraz, fitness has always come up. When the young man was a member of Bangalore during 2015–16 edition of Indian T20 League, he disclosed that even Virat Kohli had once spoken to him on the subject. Sarfaraz had promised to take his commitment to ‘health and fitness more seriously.
“When I played IPL in 2015-16, my fitness level was not good, and Virat Kohli had also told me that. After that, I improved my fitness, but I again put on weight. But in the last two years, I have been very disciplined about my health. Everyone’s body is different, but it should not affect my game. For the last eight years, I have been in the IPL and clearing fitness tests. In my off-season also, I will pay attention to my health and fitness,” he added.
“When we were not informed about diet practices, we used to eat anything. But now, we are strict about our diet. In our house, we used to have non-vegetarian food every day. However, now we avoid eating biryani and other rice dishes. We either eat it on Sundays or on other occasions,” he concluded.
Sarfaraz Khan is not far away from a Team India call-up because of the consistent performances that he has put in domestic cricket.