Mumbai cricketer Sarfaraz Khan has received his maiden call-up to the Indian Test squad for the series against England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named Sarfaraz Khan in the India squad for the second Test after Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul were ruled out due to injury.
Sarfaraz Khan Earned His Maiden India Call-Up
Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury on Day 4 of the first Test in Hyderabad, and Rahul complained of right quadriceps pain, leading to their exclusion. With Virat Kohli already on leave for the first two Tests for personal reasons, BCCI has added Sarfaraz Khan, Sourabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar to India’s squad.
Sarfaraz Khan, despite being one of the consistent top run-scorers in Indian domestic cricket, faced challenges in securing a spot in the Indian Test squad. However, his exceptional performances, including scores of 161, 4, and 55 against England Lions in the two unofficial Tests in Ahmedabad earlier this month, captured the selectors’ attention, earning him a well-deserved maiden call-up to the Indian Test team.
After Sarfaraz’s inclusion in the squad, a video message from his father, Naushad Khan, has become widely popular on social media. In the video, Sarfaraz’s father said:
“You all know that Sarfaraz got his maiden Test call-up today. I want to thank everyone, especially Mumbai Cricket Association where he grew up. Also, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where he got experience, BCCI and the selectors for trusting in him, and all his fans who prayed for him and supported him,”
He added: “We all hope that he always plays well for the country and contributes to the team’s win,” said Naushad Khan, who has been with Sarfaraz at every step of his cricketing journey so far,”
Watch the video:
Sarfaraz Khan’s Father’s first reactions pic.twitter.com/28b1wkVirA
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