West Indies legend Chris Gayle posted a congratulatory and motivational message for his former RCB and PBKS teammate Sarfaraz Khan after the youngster received his maiden call-up to the Indian Test squad.
On Monday, the BCCI named Sarfaraz as the replacement for the injured KL Rahul for the second Test against England, starting February 2 in Vizag. Since Virat Kohli is also unavailable, and India’s batting looked thin in the loss in the first Test match in Hyderabad, there is a chance that both Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan could make their Test debuts in the second Test match. You can check India’s predicted XI for the 2nd Test here.
Fans celebrated and congratulated Sarfaraz Khan for his much-awaited maiden call-up to the Test side. Among the messages, one special message came from Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz’s teammate at RCB and Punjab Kings.
Gayle and Sarfaraz spent plenty of seasons together. They were part of the RCB squad from IPL 2015 to 2017 and then were reunited at PBKS from 2019 to 2021 IPL seasons.
Gayle posted a picture of himself with Sarfaraz and captioned it, “Go, get em Sarfaraz Khan.”
In 2016 Chris Gayle had predicted Sarfaraz Khan to become a big player
Back in 2016, Gayle had predicted Sarfaraz Khan’s success, recognizing his talent and appetite for huge runs.
“We get along well. Sarfaraz keeps texting me…He’s too young and he’s like a son to me. He’s definitely one for the future and one must keep an eye on him,” Gayle had said 8 years ago about a young Sarfaraz.
The right-hander from Mumbai boasts of one of the best first-class averages in the history of the game. In 45 FC matches, Sarfaraz has piled up 3912 runs at an average of 69.85, raising 14 centuries and 11 fifties, which shows that he is adept at converting his half-century into a ton. He has a highest score of 301*.
Sarfaraz’s last innings was a stunning knock of 161 runs in 160 balls against England Lions in Ahmedabad.