Mumbai lad Sarfaraz Khan eyes India berth through strong showing in IPL-8

Bangalore: Indian Premier League’s youngest player Sarfaraz Khan, who hit a blistering 21-ball unbeaten 45 against Rajasthan Royals in Royal Challenger Bangalore’s last match, has set his sight on representing the country in the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

Sarfaraz Khan during his 21-ball 45 against RR on Wednesday. PIC/PTI
Sarfaraz Khan during his 21-ball 45 against RR on Wednesday. PIC/PTI

17-year-old Sarfaraz said he would like to impress the national selectors through his performances in the cash-rich T20 league just as other youngsters were doing. “Sandeep Singh, Sanju Samson, Kuldip Singh have all done well after playing well in the IPL. I also want to use this platform to be selected for the Indian team,” he said. “I will try to also be in the team for the forthcoming under-19 World Cup,” said Sarfaraz on the eve of RCB’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders here today.

Sarfaraz, who broke Sachin Tendulkar’s school cricket record in 2009 when he scored 439 runs in 421 balls in an inter-school match, gave credit to his senior players in the RCB team for their guidance. “AB de Villiers is my favourite player. AB always gives me all the tips. When I am nervous he comes over and talks to me.,” he said.

Asked about Virat Kohli bowing his head as he passed by him after his sterling knock against Rajasthan, Sarfaraz said he was delighted over his captain’s gesture. “Virat greeted me Haanji Bhaiyaa and I was delighted that such great player Kohli greeting me on his return to the dugout.

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