In a heartening turn of events, Indian domestic cricketer Sarfaraz Khan has earned a well-deserved national call-up. The joyful news has also elicited an outpouring of praise from Pakistan's opening batter, Imam ul-Haq. Displaying his excitement, Imam took to his official X (formerly Twitter) handle to express his happiness for the right-handed batter.
Imam, by sharing a picture of Sarfaraz, congratulated the Mumbai-based batter for his maiden national call-up. Imam wrote, "Congratulations, brother. So happy for you." It’s worth noting that the left-handed batter's elation is likely to escalate further should he capitalise on this long-awaited opportunity.
Sarfaraz Khan has been a consistent performer in the domestic cricket arena, showcasing his skills and accumulating noteworthy performances. His previous omission from the national squad during the West Indies tour last year drew criticism towards the selectors.
However, with injuries sidelining KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the upcoming 2nd Test against England, the selectors have turned to the Mumbai-born cricketer. Sarfaraz boasts an impressive average of 69.85 in 45 first-class fixtures, making him a compelling choice for the national team.
Will Sarfaraz make his debut in the 2nd Test against England?
As this positive news unfolds, the cricketing world eagerly awaits Sarfaraz Khan's potential debut and hopes that he seizes the opportunity to make a significant impact on the international stage. Meanwhile, in the ongoing series, India finds itself trailing as England delivered a stunning victory, overcoming a 190-run deficit after day 2 of the 1st Test.
Ollie Pope's century played a pivotal role in wiping off the deficit and establishing a 230-run lead. Later, Tom Hartley's exceptional seven-wicket haul in the fourth inning propelled England to victory as India fell short by 28 runs. Sarfaraz Khan's call-up injects a positive note into the cricketing narrative, providing fans with an additional storyline to follow in the dynamic world of international cricket.