Imagine making it to the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack at the age of eight. Yes, schoolboy cricketer Musheer Khan features in the 2012 edition of what some pundits like to call the bible of cricket along with his 15-year-old brother Sarfaraz Khan, a heavy scorer on the Mumbai circuit.
Spinner Musheer’s analysis of 8-5-11-6 on debut in the U-14 Giles Shield tournament for Anjuman-I-Islam (English) is mentioned on page 1550 of the Almanack. On the same page, Sarfaraz is mentioned for his 439 for Rizvi Springfield in 2009 when he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s school record of 326 in the Harris Shield tournament. “I haven’t heard about Wisden at all. But seeing my name in such a fat book that looks like a dictionary, feels nice,” said a shy Musheer.
“My father told me that Wisden’s earlier editions featured achievements of cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar. To find a mention in this book means a lot to me. It will inspire me to work hard to attain success,” said Sarfaraz, whose prized possession still remains the autographed bat and gloves that Sachin Tendulkar sent him two years ago. He is preparing for a five-week tour of the United Kingdom.
The brothers were at the MiD DAY office last evening and were presented with a copy of cricket’s most famous book. Their lives revolve around cricket and they barely get time to watch matches on television. “We don’t watch cricket matches because of our schedule. Before I broke Sachin Sir’s record, I would sleep at 11 pm and get up at 5am. I used to feel exhausted. Now, I follow Sunil Gavaskar Sir’s advice of getting to bed early and that has really helped me.
“Also, after spending most of the day in the maidans, practicing and playing, I barely have the energy to have my dinner. I sleep by 9 pm,” said Sarfaraz, who has only watched one Indian Premier League (IPL) match — Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab at the D Y Patil Stadium in Nerul last year.