In June 2022, many people on Twitter were talking about Sarfaraz Khan alongside Don Bradman. They even called him ‘Sarfaraz Bradman’. He was 24 years old then and doing well in India’s first-class cricket. He became the first Indian player to score over 900 runs in two Ranji Trophy seasons in a row. This made his average score in first-class cricket very high, second only to Sir Don Bradman himself.
Sarfaraz had to wait for two more seasons to get his first chance to play for India. Now, before the second India-England Test match, he hopes to wear the cap with the BCCI logo.
Sarfaraz has always worked hard. He’s faced criticism about his fitness and batting, and he’s been compared to Bradman. Sometimes, selectors didn’t pick him for matches.
But he’s learned from everything. He watches players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sir Vivian Richards, Javed Miandad, and Joe Root to improve his game. He wants to keep learning and play well in future matches.
His father, Naushad Ahmed, played a big role in his cricket career. He introduced Sarfaraz to cricket and supported him all the way. Sarfaraz had some tough times when he switched from playing for Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh and then back to Mumbai. But his father was always there for him.
Now, Sarfaraz has scored 3912 runs in 45 First-Class matches, with an average of 69.85. He has 14 centuries and 11 fifties. He’s also good at scoring runs in red-ball cricket, with a strike rate of 70.48. He practices a lot every day, playing hundreds of balls to improve his game and stay patient during matches.