Sarfaraz Khan is expected to receive a Test cap after averaging more over 100 for three consecutive domestic seasons. Mumbai batsman is predicted to be in the starting XI for the third Test in Rajkot after middle-order stalwart KL Rahul failed the fitness test.
“Sarfaraz will be making his debut. As KL has been ruled out for this Test, Sarfaraz will be getting his first game,” a source confirmed according to The Indian Express
Sarfaraz has been putting in a lot of effort over the last few years. Despite Rajat Patidar being chosen ahead of him by selectors following Virat Kohli’s absence from the first two Test matches, the 26-year-old remained optimistic. He scored 161 against the England Lions the day following his omission on selection day.
“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 always told me that keep working hard and you’ll be unstoppable. Having self belief and patience is very important,” he told the bcci.tv on his Test call.
“More than myself, I am happy for my father. In a country that boasts such a huge population, it is a proud feeling to be part of the Indian team,” he added.
Sarfaraz opened up about his feeling when he received a Team India call-up
“I was getting ready to play the Ranji Trophy. I had kept the India A clothes in the bag and was packing for my Ranji match. I got a call suddenly and got to know that I had been selected (to the Indian team),” he said.
“I didn’t believe it at first. Then I informed everyone at home but my father was not there. I called him at his native place and he also became emotional. My wife, my mother and my father all were emotional. My only dream has been to fulfil his (father) desire to see me playing for the country. After the call up, it does feel like my hard work has paid off and I am very happy,” he added.
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