Twitter Reactions: Sarfaraz Khan backs his Ranji triple with a double against Himachal Pradesh

Twitter Reactions: Sarfaraz Khan backs his Ranji triple with a double against Himachal Pradesh

Sarfaraz is now the fourth-highest scorer in this year’s Ranji season with 642 runs.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan is on a roll this Ranji season. After having slammed an unbeaten triple hundred against Uttar Pradesh at home about a week ago, he produced another double hundred against Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala on Monday. The 22-year-old right-hand batter came to the crease with Mumbai reeling at 16 for 3 after the home team won the toss and elected to field. And just as they had done against UP, Sarfaraz and captain Aditya Tare put up a crucial partnership of 143 runs. The visitors ended Day 1 at 372 for 5 with Sarfaraz still unbeaten on 226 in just 213 balls. He has hit 32 boundaries and four sixes so far.

Sarfaraz scored at a brisk pace and completed his century just before tea, when he was on 132. After the interval, he accelerated and dealing in boundaries, he jumped to his double hundred in just 199 balls. With his latest big score, Sarfaraz is now the fourth-highest scorer in this year’s Ranji season with 642 runs in only four matches. He averages a staggering 321-plus which is even more than Arunachal Pradesh’s Rahul Dalal (123). Dalal has scored 986 runs from seven matches.

Against Himachal, Sarfaraz got good support from Shubham Ranjane, who came in at No.7 to score 44 and the duo has so far added unbeaten 158 runs.

At 22, Sarfaraz was being seen as the next batting prodigy from Mumbai — a batting powerhouse over the years — but things were not clicking for him. He also tried his luck for UP which also did not pay off. Sarfaraz then returned to Mumbai and now could well have earned the break that he needed.

Sarfaraz happy to join elite club

“It’s a proud feeling to return and also join Mumbai’s triple-century club, alongside great players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Jaffer and Rohit Sharma,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sarfaraz as saying.

Sarfaraz recently opened up over his experience of getting dropped from Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016. His fitness had been a concern and RCB skipper Virat Kohli wanted him to focus on his fitness and get ready for top-level cricket. Changes in Sarfaraz’s approach and fitness have become visible ever since.

“I felt good not just about my improved fitness but because it helped me score runs and get a lead. At one point, all my team-mates used to call me ‘panda’ because I used to eat a lot. Now, they’ve started calling me ‘macho’. Actually, very few people know it’s my nickname now,” Sarfaraz added.

As a team, however, Mumbai have struggled this year as they have won only one of the five games they have played so far to remain at No.12 of the Cross Pool Elite Group. Meanwhile, the users on social media lauded Sarfaraz for the masterful knock.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Sarfaraz’s double: –