Sarfaraz Khan Profile – Indian Cricketer – Career Stats

Overview

Full Name

Sarfaraz Naushad Khan

Date of Birth

October 22, 1997, Mumbai

Age

26yrs

Batting Style

Right Hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

Teams
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Career Information

vs Bengal at Eden Gardens – December 28 – 31, 2014

vs Chennai Super Kings at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 22, 2015

vs England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Feb 15, 2024

Sarfaraz Khan Career Stats

Batting Stats

Right-Handed Batsman
FormatMatchInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100s50s4s6s
Test
2024–
12113068*130.013894.202154
IPL
2015–
5037115856722.5448130.6016314

Bowling Stats

Right-arm Leg Spin Bowler
FormatMatchInnBMdnRunsWBBEconAvgSR4W5W
Test
2024–
1
IPL
2015–
50120600/618.0000

Fielding Stats

FormatCatchesRun OutsStumpings
IPL
2015–
1020

Sarfaraz Khan - Profile

Indian cricketer Sarfaraz Khan  (born October 22, 1997) played his first Test match against England. In the 2014 and 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cups, Sarfaraz played for India. In addition to being a part-time spinner and occasional wicketkeeper, he is an aggressive right-handed batsman. In domestic cricket, he plays for Mumbai. In the Indian Premier League, he has played for the Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sarfaraz khan’s cricket career started early thanks to his father Naushad Khan, a renowned coach and former Mumbai cricketer who developed players like Kamran Khan and Iqbal Abdullah. Sarfaraz, who is well-known for his quirky and creative batting, debuted in the first class in 2014 and competed for the Indian Under-19 teams in the World Cups of 2014 and 2016.

India vs England: In front of Naushad, his coach and father, Sarfaraz Khan made a emotional test debut for Team India. According to Sarfaraz’s father, in his interview with Aajtak, Sarfaraz had to work very hard in order to fulfill his dream of playing for India.

Sarfaraz grew up in the Mumbai suburbs where he was born. His family members are from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh. He was raised mostly in the Azad Maidan. Young cricketers like Iqbal Abdulla and Kamran Khan had been nurtured there by their coach and father, Naushad Khan.

Sarfaraz Khan began coaching at a young age, when his father discovered his ability to time the ball precisely. Since it was difficult for him to travel from his suburban home to the maidan (grounds) during the monsoon, a synthetic pitch was built next to his house for practice. “Not only does it save our time and energy but it has also helped him get used to bouncier wickets that he will have to deal with later on,” said his dad.

Because of his cricket commitments, he was unable to attend school for four years, so a private tutor was hired to help him with his maths and English.

Sarfaraz Khan gained recognition when he scored 439 off 421 balls, shattering Sachin Tendulkar’s 1988 Harris Shield record. In 2009, at the age of 12, he played in his first-ever Harris Shield match. Playing for Rizvi Springfield, his school, he was. Twelve sixes and fifty-six fours in the innings. His performance earned him a spot on the Indian Under-19 team. He soon began playing for the Mumbai Under-19 team.

In the 2014 and 2016 Under-19 World Cups, Sarfaraz Khan represented India. India placed fifth in the round-robin competition that featured 16 teams competing for the 2014 Under-19 World Cup. With a 70.33 average, he scored 211 runs in six games; two of his innings were in the fifties, and he finished with a 105.5 strike rate.

India placed second in the Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2016. Sarfaraz finished the tournament with the second-highest run total. At an average of 71, he scored 355 runs in six innings, five of which were over 50. He holds the record for the most fifty-score points in a World Cup at the Under-19 level (7 points over two World Cups).

“Sarfaraz is a brave player who reads the situation well,” said Bharat Arun, the head coach of the U-19 Indian team. His shots are all over the wicket, and when he plays straight, he looks even more impressive. He plays cheeky strokes and uses his feet well.”

Sarfaraz began his Ranji career with Mumbai, playing against Bengal in 2014. He began playing for Uttar Pradesh in the 2015–2016 season. By September 2019, he had played 11 first-class matches and scored 535 runs, with his highest score of 155. Sarfaraz scored his first Ranji Trophy triple century against Uttar Pradesh in January 2020.

Sarfaraz also took on a new role as an occasional wicket-keeper during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy season in 2022. Although he had previously played wicket-keeping in junior cricket, this was his first experience with senior cricket.

Sarfaraz Khan was acquired for 5 million by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2015 season after his remarkable performance in the Under-19 World Cup.

Sarfaraz Khan was the youngest player ever picked by a team at the 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction. He was mentored by Virat Kohli for four seasons, during which he made a name for himself with his unique style of batting.

The youngest player to have ever played in an IPL match is Sarfaraz, at seventeen years old. With 11 runs off 7 balls, he made his debut against the Chennai Super Kings. He did not get an opportunity to bat as Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers dominated the next two matches. Sarfaraz scored 45 runs off of 21 balls against the Rajasthan Royals in the following game, outperforming the three established batsmen. A big total was posted by RCB thanks to six fours and a six during the innings. Upon concluding the innings, Virat Kohli bowed to him as he made his way back to the dressing room.

He participated in 13 matches throughout the 2015 IPL season, scoring 111 runs at a strike percentage of 156.33. He made a quick start to the 2016 season against Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 35 runs off of 10 balls in a cameo. He attacked Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s bowling in the 19th over, which resulted in four fours and a six from the tournament’s best bowler. “He’s too young and he’s like a son to me,” said his teammate Chris Gayle. He’s undoubtedly one for the future, so watch out for him.”

In 2016, Sarfaraz Khan continued to have short, eventful innings for RCB. He was eventually dropped from the team because of his lack of fitness. He played in five games in 2016 and finished with 66 runs at a strike percentage of 212.90. In 2017, he injured his leg during a training session and was forced to miss the entire season.

There were many questions when RCB unexpectedly chose to keep him in 2018 over Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. The RCB management was forced to release Sarfaraz ahead of the 2019 season because of his significantly subpar performance.

Afterwards, Kings XI Punjab acquired the Sarfaraz Khan to strengthen their lower-middle lineup. However, his performances fell short of his potential, and his market value price decreased. Sarfaraz was retained by RCB for INR 4 crore in 2018, but the Delhi Capitals picked him up for his base price of INR 20 lakh in the 2023 IPL Auction.

In 2024, Sarfaraz Khan earned his maiden Indian call-up in the first test against England.

In the third test India vs England in Rajkot on February 15, 2024, Sarfaraz Khan made his debut for India. Sarfaraz made 62 runs off of 66 balls in his opening innings before being run out by the non-strikers due to a mix-up with eventual centurion Ravindra Jadeja. Nine fours and a six were part of his innings. Sarfaraz Khan’s 50 in 48 balls was the joint-fastest by an Indian cricketer on debut, alongside Hardik Pandya’s fifty against Sri Lanka in 2017.

After the stumps on Day 1, Ravindra Jadeja posted a story on Instagram admitting his mistake and praising Sarfaraz’s knock after the debutant was run out due to a mix-up with Jadeja.

Sarfaraz Khan scored 68 not out off 72 balls with a strike rate of 94.44 in the second innings of his debut test match. Six fours and three sixes in his innings. Along with Sunil Gavaskar, Shreyas Iyer, and Dilawar Hussain, Sarfaraz Khan became the fourth Indian cricket player to score two fifties on his Test debut with this blow. Of the 43 batters who have two fifty-plus scores on their debut in men’s Test matches, Sarfaraz has by far the highest strike rate (94.2).

Sarfaraz Khan got married with Romana Zahoor, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian District, on August 6, 2023.

Some Facts About Sarfaraz Khan

  • A 50 lakh INR purchase by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 made Sarfaraz Khan the youngest player to play in IPL.
  • In an IPL 2015 match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB and the Rajasthan Royals, Sarfaraz stole the show with a quick 45 runs off 21 balls in Bangalore.
  • Sarfaraz Khan had some aggressive behavior issues, after which his father sought the help of sports psychiatrist Dr Mugdha Bavare. He helped him largely to overcome from this issues.
  • Sarfaraz Khan represented the Yorkshire League with Hull Cricket Club in the United Kingdom in 2012.

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