Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan has been in breathtaking form in the current Ranji campaign. He has been in menacing touch, taking up above 700 runs in just four matches. The runs have come off one half-century, two centuries and one double hundred where the youngster has toyed with the opposition bowling line-up.
Touted as one of the brightest talents emerging out of India, Sarfaraz was not able to keep up with the competition as Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan made it to the Indian team. However, the batter has kept at it and made a tremendous comeback in the Indian domestic circuit, raking up a lot of runs.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Khan revealed how he transformed himself into a run machine.
“I’m an attacking player but when an attacking player develops some patience, he can become really dangerous. There was still some problem in my technique, but my father and I worked on that a lot. So I learnt to stay on the wicket and knowing exactly where my off stump is in red-ball cricket,” Sarfaraz said.
“I would play 600-700 balls every day at Cross Maidan and at home combined, especially against the swinging ball. If T20s are coming up then I just hit out in the nets, like playing the cut and pull. For day’s cricket [first-class games], I would focus on leaving the ball because once you see through the first hour or so, you can get going and nobody can stop an attacking batsman like me,” Khan revealed his mind-boggling commitment.
“It’s [the pitch at home] the toughest wicket I practice on. After playing in such places when I go for matches, I don’t find it so difficult because this practice I go through is really tough – it has bounce, speed, swing, cut, dampness, everything,” Khan spoke about his preparation.
Mumbai smashed their way into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy, defeating Uttarakhand in the quarter-finals of the game. The team will be up against Uttar Pradesh in the semi-final of the tournament scheduled to start on 14 June, Tuesday.