As Sarfaraz Khan receives his first call-up to the Indian team for the second Test against England in Vishakhapatnam, which begins on February 2, the cricket world is a flurry of excitement. Fans exploded in celebration as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the decision, to welcome the gifted batsman to the team along with Saurabh Kumar and Washington Sundar. KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were left out due to injury.
Indian cricketer Sarfaraz Naushad Khan was born on October 22, 1997. He currently plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. In the 2014 and 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cups, Sarfaraz played for India. In addition to being a part-time spinner and an infrequent wicketkeeper, he is an aggressive right-handed hitter.
At just 17 years old, he was the youngest player to ever play in an IPL match when he made his debut for the RCB team in 2015. And he was the first uncapped player to be kept by an IPL team in the very next season. He is now the fourth-youngest player to have participated in an IPL game. In 2012, he and his younger brother Musheer were included in the esteemed Wisden Cricketers' Almanack at the age of fifteen.
Sarfaraz's family is from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and he was raised in the Mumbai suburbs. He was raised primarily at Azad Maidan. His father saw early on that he had a knack for timing the ball, and that's when he started coaching. Because of his cricket obligations, he was unable to attend school for four years, so a private tutor was hired to help him with his arithmetic and English. Khan wed a Kashmiri girl from Shopian District on August 6, 2023.
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He gained notoriety after he scored 439 from 421 balls, shattering Sachin Tendulkar's 1988 Harris Shield record. He began playing for the Mumbai Under-19 team shortly after, and as a result of his contributions, he was chosen for the Indian Under-19 squad. He hit 17 fours and a six in his game-winning 66 balls 101 against South Africa Under 19s in 2013.
In the 2014 and 2016 Under-19 World Cups, he represented India. In a round-robin competition involving 16 teams, India placed fifth in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup. In six games, he amassed 211 runs at an average of 70.33; two of his innings ended in the forties, and he finished with a 105.5 strike rate.
After seeing this performance, he was acquired for $5 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore, an IPL team, for the 2015 campaign. India placed second in the Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2016. Sarfaraz ended the competition with the second-highest run total. At an average of 71, he scored 355 runs in six innings, five of which were above 50.
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Sarfaraz Khan reached his second consecutive hundred, this time an undefeated total of 200+ at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium during the Ranji Trophy Round. In 2014, he played his first Ranji match for Mumbai against Bengal.
A school team accused him of being too old in 2011. Bone testing indicated that he was fifteen years old, although his birthdate recorded with the Mumbai Cricket Association indicated that he was just thirteen. Sarfaraz went for an additional, more difficult exam with his father. This time, the calculated age and the recorded birthdate coincided.
After guiding Mumbai to win in the Under-19 championship semi-final in 2015, Sarfaraz made several crude gestures directed at the selectors. He was thus dismissed from the team. As a guarantee of his good behaviour, his match fees were withheld for two years.