Sarfaraz Khan gained popularity as he scored 439 runs off 421 balls in a Harris Shield match, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 45-year-old record. In 2009, when he was barely 12 years old, he played in his first Harris Shield match.
In the 2014 Vijay Hazare Trophy encounter against Saurashtra, Sarfaraz Khan made his List-A debut. The squad won the close game thanks to his unbeaten 17 off 15 balls. A few months later, in a 2014 Ranji Trophy encounter against Bengal, he made his First-class cricket debut. He did not do well, and he was dismissed with a pitiful score of 1.
Sarfraz joined the Uttar Pradesh Cricket squad for the Ranji Trophy at his father’s suggestion. The middle-order batsman played in just eight Ranji games for UP over his three seasons, therefore it turned out to be a forgettable experience. He had only participated in 11 first-class games by September 2019 and had amassed 535 runs, with the top score being 155. Also, he has participated in 12 List A games and scored 257 runs with a 96.25 strike rate.
Birth & Early life of Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz was born in the Mumbai suburbs where he spent his childhood. There both brothers Iqbal Abdulla and Kamran Khan were trained by Naushad Khan, his father.
His father first started coaching him when he was a little boy because of his gift for accurate ball timing. He lived in the suburbs and found it difficult to travel to the maidan in the monsoon, so a synthetic pitch was set up next to his home so he could train. His father said, it saves our time and energy, and also helped him getting used to bouncier wickets that he would have to deal with in future.
|Date of Birth||22 Oct 1997|
|Mother Name||Tabassum khan|
|Father Name||Naushad Khan|
|Education Qualification||High School|
|Playing Role||Middle Order Batter|
|Batting Style||Right Hand Bat|
|First class Debut||Mumbai vs Bengal|
|T20s Debut||Mumbai Vs Saurashtra|
|Hair colour||Dark Brown|
|Hobbies||Travel & Gymming|
Sarfraz Khan was selected for the U-19 World Cup team in 2014, when India finished sixth in the standings, as a result of his strong domestic results. He finished with a strike rate of 105.5 after scoring 211 runs in six games, including two fifty-run performances at an average of 70.33.
Sarfaraz Khan participated in the 2016 U-19 World Cup while still being eligible to represent India in age-cricket. Sarfaraz ended as the second-highest run scorer in the competition. In six innings, he generated 355 runs at an average of 71, with five innings producing over 50 runs. He has the record for the most World Cup fifty in the Under-19 level.
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Career in IPL
Sarfaraz Khan spent four seasons under Virat Kohli’s coaching, where he managed to make a name for himself with his distinctive batting. He was the youngest player to be selected by a team during the 2015 IPL Auction. His undefeated innings of 45 off 21 Rajasthan Royals gave him instant popularity. After playing that innings, RCB captain Virat Kohli bowed before the 17-year-old as he made his way back to the dressing room which was an unforgettable moment.
The Mumbai-born batsman was acquired by Kings Xi Punjab (KXIP) for INR 25 lakhs at the player auctions before the IPL 2019 season and kept before the 2020 campaign after being released by RCB. He participated in 8 games in 2019 and scored 180 runs. Sarfaraz is incredibly talented and has what it takes to get that one huge break that catapults him to fame.
Sarfaraz, who is only 22 years old, has played against opponents on fields all over the world due to exposure from the IPL. If everything works out, he might have his breakthrough season in 2020.
Despite his cameo appearances in 2016, his lack of fitness caused him to be removed from the starting XI. He skipped the IPL the following year due to a leg injury.
Sarfaraz breaks the record of Don Broadman
Sarfaraz Khan now has 43 first-class innings under his belt and has amassed 138 runs, surpassing the 43 first-class knocks amassed by the great Australian batsman Don Bradman.
Bradman scored 2927 runs in his first 43 first-class innings, whereas the Mumbai batter has 2928 runs after 43 innings. Comparing more of their statistics at the same stage of their careers, Sarfaraz Khan had an average of 81.33 and has already struck 10 hundreds, whereas Bradman averaged 83.63 after 43 first-class hits and had amassed 12 centuries.
Interesting facts about Sarfaraz Khan
- He became the youngest player of IPL.
- Sarfarz Khan was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 50 lakhs in 2015.
- His brother and he both got the training from his father.
- In the U-19 world cup he became the man of the match against Pakistan. Where he scored 74 runs and took a wicket.
- In 2012 for a month he played in the hull cricket club in the UK.
- He hit a scooped six to win the match which he played in T20 tournament for Mumbai.