Mumbai cricketer Sarfaraz Khan had created waves in the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy tournament. The 24-year-old brought up his fourth century against Madhya Pradesh in the final and drew plaudits for his exceptional batting performance.
Sarfaraz Khan scored 134 in the first innings with the help of 13 fours and 2 sixes. He followed it up with 45 runs in the second innings including two fours and a six. However, Madhya Pradesh largely benefitted from cumulative efforts of the Mumbai players.
MP went on to beat Mumbai by 6 wickets and won the trophy. Sarfaraz Khan was adjudged the man of the match for his scintillating batting show against MP in the first and second innings.
Sunil Gavaskar wants Sarfaraz Khan to make his Test debut in the next series
Sunil Gavaskar has by far impressed with the way Sarfaraz Khan has been going about his business in domestic cricket. The Indian commentator also wants him to earn India call-up for the next series after the Edgbaston Test.
The senior players including the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma have already entered the mid-30s. Indian team management need to act fast in giving more opportunities to youngsters. In fact, the Indian cricket might go through another transition period in the future.
Gavaskar also added that he would be surprised if Sarfaraz didn’t get a chance to feature in the next Test series. “Sarfaraz Khan’s tremendous run of hundreds should bring him into contention for a place in the national team where with Rahane gone and Pujara getting one last chance to score and keep his place in the team and go on to play a century of Test matches the door could open for Sarfaraz.
He certainly has banged the selection committee’s door down and it would be a real surprise if his name doesn’t figure in the squad for the next Test series,” former Indian batting great wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
Sarfaraz Khan boasts a pretty impressive record in first-class cricket. He has played 25 matches where he scored 2530 runs at an average of 81.61. The right-handed batter has slammed eight centuries and seven fifties so far.