IND vs ENG: 'I Didn't Believe It In The Beginning' - Sarfaraz Khan On Receiving Maiden India Call-Up For 2nd Test vs England

IND vs ENG: 'I Didn't Believe It In The Beginning' - Sarfaraz Khan On Receiving Maiden India Call-Up For 2nd Test vs England

After grinding hard and piling runs in domestic cricket, Sarfaraz Khan has finally realized his dream of making it to the Test squad when BCCI announced a fresh squad for the 2nd Test in Vishakhapatnam on Monday.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Thursday, February 01, 2024, 11:23 PM IST
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Sarfaraz Khan | Credits: Twitter/BCCI

The young Indian batter Sarfaraz Khan has spoken about his emotions after receiving maiden Team India call-up for the 2nd Test against England. He was added to India Test squad alongside Saurabh Kumar and Washington Sundar after veteran Indian cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul ruled out of the Vizag Test due to respective injuries.

After grinding hard and piling runs in domestic cricket, Sarfaraz Khan has finally realized his dream of making it to the Test squad when BCCI announced a fresh squad for the 2nd Test in Vishakhapatnam on Monday.

In a video uploaded by BCCI on its X handle (formerly Twitter), Sarfaraz Khan said that he didn't believe in the beginning when he received 'sudden call' about his selection to the team. He added that his father became emotional when he informed him good news and wanted to fulfill his dream of playing for Team India.

"I was getting ready to play Ranji Trophy and had kept my bags ready. Suddenly I got a call and got to know that I had been selected. I didn't believe it in the beginning. My father was at our native place (UP), I called him and he turned emotional too." The Mumbai batter said.

"Everyone knows that my father had been my coach till date. My only dream has been to fulfill his desire of me playing for the country. After the call-up, it does that feel that my hardwork has finally paid off and I'm very happy." Sarfaraz added.

Sarfaraz Khan was part of India A team for two unofficial Tests against England Lions, wherein he registered scores of 61, 4, and 55 in 3 innings.

Whenever I play, it will be a dream come true - Sarfaraz Khan

Sarfaraz Khan is hoping to make his dream come true by playing for Team India. After consistently performing well in Ranji Trophy over the last few years, the 26-year-old will look to replicate similar performances for India whenever he gets to represent national team.

"I had a dream that my India A teammates were congratulating me and shaking my hand. It was a recurring dream that I will get selected in the Indian team and I am scoring runs. Whatever happens, happens for good. Whenever I play, it will be a dream come true." The Mumbai cricketer said.

Despite being in red-hot form in last two Ranji Trophy seasons, Sarfaraz Khan was ignored for the Test series against West Indies and South Africa. However, his performances in two unofficial Test matches for India A against England Lions earned him the maiden national call-up.

In first-class cricket, Sarfaraz Khan has aggregated 3912 runs, including 14 centuries and 12 fifties, at an average of 69.85 in 66 innings.

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