Ranji Trophy Final: On Thursday, June 23, Sarfaraz Khan scored 134 against Madhya Pradesh at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Sarfaraz Khan of Mumbai.  Courtesy: PTI

Sarfaraz Khan of Mumbai. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sarfaraz Khan scored 134 in Mumbai’s first innings in the final
  • Sarfaraz is the leading run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy
  • Sarfaraz said that scoring centuries for Mumbai was his dream

Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan was full of gratitude towards his father after scoring a century on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final against Madhya Pradesh at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The right-handed batter scored 134 runs off 243 balls with 13 fours and two sixes, helping Mumbai score 374 in their first innings from a precarious position.

Sarfaraz came to bat with Mumbai at 147/3 in the 51st over. From there on, the 41-time champions lost wickets at pretty regular intervals, but Sarfaraz didn’t throw his wicket away. Sarfaraz said that he is glad to have fulfilled his dream of scoring lots of centuries in the Ranji Trophy.

“You all know the roller-coaster ride I’ve had. If not for my father, I wouldn’t have been here. When we had nothing, I used to travel with my father in trains. When I started playing cricket, I dream of scoring a century for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.

“Then I had another dream of scoring a hundred in a Ranji final when my team needed it the most. That is why I got emotional after my century and had tears in my eyes, because my father has worked very hard. All the credit for my success goes to him. Without him, I would be nothing. He has never left my side,” he stated.

“Many times, I feel bad thinking about him, because he has always stood by me. He is very happy. In life, some dreams get fulfilled even if it takes time, but I’m happy I have my dad who has bailed me out of tough situations,” Sarfaraz added.

Sarfaraz has had a stellar run in the 2022 Ranji Trophy as he is not only the leading run-scorer for Mumbai, but also the top run-getter in the tournament. The Young Turk has scored 937 runs from six matches at an average of 133.85.



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