After poor outing in the IPL Sarfaraz Khan wants to come out stronger as he works on his fitness
The 21-year old has been badly out of form in spite of being retained by the Royal Challengers earlier this season.
Published - May 28, 2018 4:42 pm | Updated - May 28, 2018 4:42 pm
After 11 editions of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win the IPL trophy. Ahead of the tournament, they had retained skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers while their third choice of retaining Sarfaraz Khan surprised everyone.
The 20-year old could only manage 51 runs in the 7 games where he represented the side. After the side’s lost the final league game against Rajasthan Royals, Sarafaraz went for a short family vacation to Bhiwandi. The Mumbai-born batsman had missed the last year’s tournament due to a knee injury while the 11th edition of the tournament saw his performance tumble in the limited opportunities he got.
However, the batsman wants to work on his fitness as he has decided to stay in Mumbai where he will be honing his skills at BKC indoor nets before going back to UP where he will represent the side in the domestic season.
Want to come out stronger: Sarfaraz
The batsman while speaking to Sportstar, felt that recovering from injuries are not very easy. He revealed that the RB physio and his doctors have worked out a plan where he will work on his lower body. “Injuries can be really bad. There can be ups and downs. The RCB physio and my doctors had prepared a training chart for my lower body and I want to work on that to come out stronger,” said the Mumbai-born Khan.
Sarfaraz had impressed everyone during his debut tournament in 2015 where he had scored 111 runs in 8 innings of 13 games with an impressive strike rate of 156.33. In the 11th edition of the tournament, Khan played a handy knock of 22 off eight balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad. While his speaking about that knock he revealed that skipper Kohli was happy that he performed when the side needed him. “That innings was a positive sign. Virat bhai was happy that I performed when the team needed me,” said Sarafaraz talking about his knock.
Learned a lot from ABD
Sarfaraz also spoke about his RCB teammate, South Africa batsman AB de Villiers who has retired from international cricket and added that he has learned a lot of things from the Protea batsman. He also revealed that he wanted to learn how he plays the knuckleball. “I used to learn so much from his shots. We all are feeling bad that he announced retirement. I wanted to learn the art of playing knuckleball from him,” said the 20-year old.