Final Trophy Centurion Ranji Sarfaraz Khan Celebrates Century Sidhu Moosewala Style and Dedicates Tons to Singer | Cricket News


“This hundred is because of my abbu (father), his sacrifices and the fact that he held my hand when I could have been on the ground,” a teary-eyed Sarfaraz Khan choked in front of scribes while dedicating his best century to his father and trainer Naushad Khan. Those who follow Mumbai cricket closely know how tough Naushad is on his sons Sarfaraz and Mushir (also in the Mumbai team), who have no life beyond cricket. So, is India’s dream call on the cards now? His eyes bulged as he answered the question after his century lifted Mumbai to 374 against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy final here.

“In our lives, it’s about all these little dreams that we carry. The dreams that we (him and his father) dreamed together. The almost 2000 points I scored in two seasons since returning to Mumbai are due to my ‘abbu’,” he said.

When there are no matches, the brothers train well for six to seven hours a day under the supervision of their father.

He had discipline issues, wasn’t the school’s favorite kid and had to migrate to UP for a season before returning and serving a cooling-off period before being picked again for Mumbai.

“Aap sab toh jaante ho mere saath kya kya huwa. Abbu na rahte toh main khatm ho jataa (You all know what I’ve been through and if my father hadn’t been there I would have finished by now).” “There have been so many struggles and when I think of how my dad handled it all I get emotional. He didn’t leave my hand once. My brother put up a status on his phone laptop and I could see Abbu so happy. It made my day,” he finally managed a smile.

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A fan of Sidhu Moosewala

When asked if his thigh kick celebration was an imitation of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was recently gunned down by a gang, he said that was the idea.

“It was for Sidhu Moosewala. I love his songs and especially me and Hardik Tamore (goalkeeper) listen to his songs. I did a similar kind of celebration in a previous match as well (in his memory) but then , Hotstar didn’t decide that once I scored a hundred more, I would repeat the celebration,” said the burly Mumbaikar.

Scheduling and patting the picker on the back

Sarfaraz is approaching 1,000 premier class races for the season (currently 937) with a Bradmanian average of 81.

“It’s my best shot in the Ranji Trophy because it’s the final and it happened when the team was in a difficult situation. We were losing wickets at regular intervals.

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“My goal was that no matter what happens, I won’t throw away my wicket even if it means I have to play 300 balls. The more balls I play, the bigger my shots will be,” said Sarfaraz, who scored 134 in 243 bullets on the day.

A Hundred in a Ranji Finale is special as it reminded him of hauling heavy bags of kit to local Mumbai with Father Naushad in tow, as well as the hours of work put in for years.

“When I was a little boy, the dream was to wear the Mumbai jersey and score a hundred. When I realized that dream, I wanted to score a hundred in a Ranji Trophy final when the team is in a precarious position. That’s why I was overwhelmed with emotion after the hundred,” said Sarfaraz.

Sarfaraz said once Shams Mulani was out in the first round, he had to change his game plan.

“Once Shams was out I felt there might be a meltdown around the corner as the MP crimpers went quite a ways off the track. They were playing good cutters but then I had a few partnerships that brought me closer to the hundred,” he said.

Although he did not disclose what national coach Sunil Joshi might have told him about his selection to the senior team in the future, he did mention that he was praised for beating the tactic of PM.

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“It was good talking to Sunil Joshi sir. He understood that Chandu sir (Chandrakant Pandit) had asked his bowlers to block my sweep shot and he said it was good that I could swing the strike even when my dog ​​kick was stopped.” Aside from his zest for life, Sarfaraz had a word of warning for his bowlers as he felt a bit more discipline would be needed on the third morning to keep MP on a tight leash after hitting 123 for one in response to the 374 from Mumbai.

“We have to be a little more disciplined tomorrow but I can tell you that the game is far from won. And don’t forget that they will have to beat last on this track.


“In any case, we’re very confident that we’ll get the lead in the first set but, if somehow we miss the lead in the first set, we’ll get it in the fourth set,” Sarfaraz said.

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