Sarfaraz Khan Opens Up: From Father’s Influence to Cricket Idols, Ahead of Maiden India Test Call-up

Sarafaraz Khan’s dream come true moment is just a few steps away. Team India is all set to play the second Test match against England on February 2 in Vizag. After KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja’s injury, Sarfaraz Khan and the other two players have been named in the squad. After performing exceptionally well at the domestic level for over the years, Sarfaraz Khan made his most awaited debut for Team India. Before making his dream true, he opened up about the journey, India call-up, and his father’s inspiration in his career.

Father’s Inspiration in Career:

After performing well at the domestic level for a few years, Sarfaraz Khan is all set to make his debut for India. After playing a heroic knock against the England Lions, Sarfaraz Khan played an excellent knock. After that, he got noticed by BCCI selectors. After his selection, his father made an emotional video to thank BCCI, MCA, and NCA. 

He said, “My father introduced me to cricket, and I always wondered why am I even playing. By nature, I am an attacking batsman and I used to get out sooner than other and scoring big runs was getting difficult. It was disheartening to see others succeed while I wouldn’t be among the runs. Even when I moved from Mumbai to UP, he would take flights to come and see me. He would start bowling to me on the terrace or the road itself before selection trials. Now I realize the impact and importance of those efforts. When I came back to Mumbai from UP, I was scared if this would bring a halt to my career and I strongly felt there was no future ahead of me, but my dad always stood by me. There’s no guarantee in life if you don’t get opportunities. But my dad always believed in hard work, and everything I have is a result of that work.”

HardWork and Maiden India Call-Up:

Sarfaraz Khan is a familiar face in Mumbai’s domestic team. He played several match-winning knocks at that stage. He used every chance and got better in every way. Before stepping into the game, he opened up about his hard work in the initial days and most awaited debut. He said, “My strength is that I am not satisfied easily. I play 500-600 balls every day. If I don’t play at least 200-300 balls in a match, I feel like I haven’t done much. It’s a habit now. Practice in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I am used to only one thing, batting and facing deliveries. If you want to play five-day cricket, you have to stay patient and practice every day. I play cricket all day and that’s why I can stay on the pitch for a long time.”

After that, he talked about his inspirations. He said, “I like to watch Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sir Vivian Richards, and even Javed Miandad because my dad has told me that I play like him. I watch Joe Root’s batting also. Anyone who is succeeding, I am watching them to see how they are doing it so I can learn and apply it when I am in the middle. I want to continue doing this, whether it’s in the Ranji Trophy or playing for India in the future.”

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