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This batsman is more popular than Kohli’s century, selectors still break his heart

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Team India is winning continuously, yet it is in controversy because a young star batsman who is constantly in the limelight in Indian cricket is out. In this episode, this player has reached number two after Don Bradman by hitting another century.

Mumbai’s star batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who has consistently played long, big and spectacular innings in Indian domestic cricket, is in the headlines just like the way Virat Kohli hit his 46th ODI century. But there is a big difference between the two. This is not a comparison of Virat and Sarfaraz, but one major difference is the tag line ‘Team India’. While Kohli is the Sultan of Team India, Sarfaraz is the emperor of Indian first class cricket. See how the results change with this difference, Virat’s place in Team India is guaranteed in ODI and Test format, but Sarfaraz could not open the doors of the Indian team for himself even after raining centuries. His entry in Team India will be according to the fixed system, he cannot break it. His hundreds may create a storm in Indian cricket but it has not moved the entry gate, at least not yet.

Sarfaraz’s name could not be included in the team list for the first 2 matches of the 4 Test series against Australia from 9 February. Amidst all this enthusiasm, this young batsman said that the selectors had asked him to play in international cricket. This trust was also broken but the series of long innings coming out of his bat did not break.

In the Ranji Trophy match being played against Delhi at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the capital, this Mumbai batsman took command at the crease in difficult circumstances and scored a brilliant century. Batting at number five, Sarfaraz scored only 1 run in the first 20 balls while batting very slowly. The batsman, playing the 37th first class match of his career, batted furiously after opening the account and hit a hundred in just 135 balls. He along with Prasad Pawar took Mumbai past 100 after losing 4 wickets for 66 runs. Sarfaraz shared a 144-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Shams Mulani.

He scored 125 runs in 155 balls in his innings which included 16 fours and 4 sixes and took Mumbai to a total of 293 runs in the first innings. This is the 13th century of his first class career. He averages 80.47 in first-class cricket, the second highest after the great Don Bradman.

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