Bangalore. Mumbai Ranji team cricketer Sarfaraz Khan on Thursday dedicated his century in the Ranji Trophy final against Madhya Pradesh to his father and coach Naushad Khan. Sarfaraz, who took Mumbai to 374 runs in the first innings by scoring a century, had tears in his eyes. After the end of the day’s play (Ranji Trophy Final 2022:) he said that this century is because of my father. It is because of his sacrifice and because of holding my hand when I was disappointed. Both Naushad’s sons Sarfaraz and Musheer play in the Mumbai team. When asked whether the dream of making a place in the Indian team is on the way to fulfillment? Sarfaraz’s eyes twitched in response to this question. At the end of the game on the second day, MP had scored 123 runs for one wicket in the first innings.
He said, ‘Our life is all about the little dreams that we cherish. We (he and his father) see dreams together. I have scored close to 2000 runs in two seasons since my return to Mumbai. It is all because of my father. When there is no match, both the brothers practice for 6 to 7 hours every day under the supervision of their father. Due to some disciplinary issues, Sarfaraz had to move to Uttar Pradesh for a season and he spent ‘cooling off’ time before returning, after which he was again selected in the Mumbai team.
If they weren’t there I would be over
Sarfaraz Khan said that you all know what happened to me. If Abbu had not lived, I would have been finished. He said that there were so many problems and when I think about how my father can deal with all these, I get emotional. He didn’t leave my hand even once. My brother has put a status on his phone and I can see how happy Abbu is. It’s my day. Sarfaraz is a fan of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was recently shot dead by a gang. After scoring a century, Sarfaraz celebrated in the style of Moosewala (by hitting his thigh).
When asked about it, Sarfaraz said that it was for Sidhu Musewala. I love his songs and mostly I and Hardik Tamore (wicketkeeper) listen to his songs. I had celebrated a similar celebration during the last match as well, but it was not shown then. I had decided that whenever I score another century, I will celebrate like this.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2022, 21:43 IST