Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan is living his dream as he gets his first chance to play for India. He’s part of the squad for the second Test against England on February 2, 2024, in Visakhapatnam. With India trailing 1-0 after losing the first match in Hyderabad, Sarfaraz’s inclusion adds excitement to the team.
Sarfaraz Khan Got Emotional Ahead Of His Test Debut
Sarfaraz Khan, despite scoring consistently in domestic cricket, faced challenges making it to the Indian team. When his dream finally came true, he shared his joy with BCCI. Sarfaraz expressed happiness for himself and especially for his father. Stressing the importance of patience in cricket, he remembered his father’s advice during tough times—to keep working hard. Sarfaraz is thrilled to have the opportunity to play Test cricket.
Speaking about the same, Sarfaraz said: “The game is all about patience. If we have to play Test cricket, we have to be patient. In life, there are times when we rush ourselves. I would get emotional about my wait to get into the team. My father would always say, keep working hard and you would be unstoppable. Having self-belief and patience are very important. I am happy for my father. In a country that boasts of such a big population, it is a proud feeling to be a part of this Indian team.”
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Notably, Sarfaraz Khan’s outstanding century against the England Lions in the second unofficial Test in Ahmedabad earned him the Player of the Match title. Following this achievement, he was selected to join the Indian Test side, replacing KL Rahul. This opportunity opens up the possibility of Sarfaraz making his Test debut.
In Hyderabad, India faced challenges against debutant Tom Hartley in spin-friendly conditions. If the Vizag pitch offers similar assistance to spinners, the Indian team seeks more practice. England, after a remarkable comeback in the first Test, is geared up for the second match to sustain their winning momentum.