Throughout the previous three Ranji Trophy seasons, Sarfaraz Khan has been in outstanding form. Despite consistently scoring runs season after season, the Mumbai hitter hasn’t been able to join the National team. Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar blasted selectors for ignoring the 25-year-old during the February–March Test series between India and Australia.
Before to Sarafaraz, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav received their first Test calls during the Australia Test series. Gavaskar responded by making fun of the then-Chief Selector, Chetan Sharma, and responding appropriately to those who questioned his health by suggesting that if selectors wanted to see slim-trim men, they should attend a fashion show.
“If you’re just interested in males who are lean and fit, you might as well visit a fashion show to locate some other models, give them a bat and ball, and then work on them. Cricket doesn’t operate in that manner. Cricket players come in a variety of sizes and forms. Consider the scores or wickets rather than the size. When he achieves 100 points, he does not leave the field. He is once more playing on the field. The only thing that indicates the individual is healthy, “India Today cited a statement made by Gavaskar.
In response to Gavaskar’s assertion, Sarfaraz Khan claimed that physical conditioning is crucial for the game and that he is working extra hard to improve it while taking full use of the fitness programs offered by Delhi Capitals.
“I only recently heard that. I saw what he had to say in the morning because I was too occupied playing the Ranji Trophy. I make an effort because, as you can see, fitness is vital. After our final Ranji Trophy game, I returned home at 2 AM and was back on the field at 5 AM. I therefore have adequate ground fitness, and when it comes to jogging in general, I aim to make the most of it during the Ranji or IPL. DC recently held a 14-day fitness program in Delhi. We complete whatever is in our hands “According to Sarfaraz, SportsYaari.
From the start of the Ranji Trophy in 2019, Sarfaraz Khan has amassed 2466 runs at an astounding average of 123.3, with 10 centuries and five fifty-sixes to his credit. In addition, Khan scored 556 runs in the Ranji Trophy in 2022–23 at an average of 92.66, including three hundreds and one fifty. Moreover, the 25-year-old concluded the 2021–22 season as the tournament’s top run scorer with 982 runs at a resounding average of 122.75, four tons, and two fifties. The Mumbai-born batsman had another outstanding season in 2019–20, scoring 928 runs with a mind-blowing average of 154.66, three hundreds, and two fifties.
As a result, Khan now stands second only to the famous Don Bradman, whose average of 95.14 in First-class cricket, on the list of players with the highest average. In 37 games, he averages a whopping 79.65, amassing 3505 runs, 13 hundreds, and nine fifties.
Sarfaraz Khan: I don’t mind waiting a little longer.
Sarfaraz Khan went on to discuss his protracted wait to join the Indian side and claimed he finds encouragement in his good friend Suryakumar Yadav, who was also called up at the last minute and is currently dominating the ICC T20I batting rankings.
“I’m focusing on the shape I’m in right now and trying to hold onto it as long as I can. I’m taking this action since it’s difficult to regain your form after losing it. It frequently occurs for a player to receive a late call-up. Take Suryakumar Yadav as an illustration. He is a fantastic friend, and we frequently discuss shooting techniques and the strength of our respective sweep shots. Despite having a delayed start, he is in fantastic shape. I also don’t mind waiting a little longer, but maintaining this form is the key “Sarfaraz stated.
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