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I thought I would never be able to play for Mumbai again: Sarfaraz Khan opens up on his reunion with 41-time champions in Ranji Trophy

Sarfaraz Khan was the top run-getter for the record 41-time winners in the recently concluded 2021-22 season.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Published on - 4 July 2022 7:47 pm

Sarfaraz Khan has risen to fame once again as he impressed everyone with yet another block bluster Ranji Trophy season. The 24-year-old has had a back-to-back 900-plus run season as he played a pivotal role in taking Mumbai to the summit clash this year. Sarfaraz ended the tournament by being the top run-getter for the record 41-time winners in the recently concluded 2021-22 season as he amassed 982 runs in nine innings of six matches at an average of 122.75.

The Mumbaikar scored four centuries in the process including one in the first innings of the summit clash against Madhya Pradesh. However, Sarfaraz’s knock went in vain as Madhya Pradesh secured a big first-innings lead and eventually went on to clinch their maiden Ranji Trophy by winning the match by 6 wickets.

In a recent interaction with Sportskeeda, Sarfaraz opened up on his outstanding performance in the Ranji Trophy as he claimed that his triple-figure knock in the final was the most ‘special knock.’ “I always dreamt of scoring a hundred for the Mumbai team in the finals, and when I did it this year, I literally had tears in my eyes. It was my best knock till now,” he said.

The dynamic batter further informed that he got pretty emotional when he was packing his jumbo bag of blue colours. “When I left Mumbai and was on my way to UP, I played U14, U16, U19 and U25, as well as the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai. So, when I was storing that bag as we no longer needed that kit, I had tears in my eyes as it was my dream to score a Ranji Trophy hundred in Mumbai clothes,” he stated.

The Mumbai batter further claimed that he thought he would never be able to play for the Mumbai side in future, but soon after he informed his father that he will only play for the Mumbai team and if not then he will quit the game. Notably, Sarfaraz returned to the Mumbai camp in the 2019-20 season after playing for Uttar Pradesh.

Recalling the triple hundred he scored on his comeback for Mumbai against UP, Sarfaraz said, “I was determined to play for Mumbai, so I told my father that if I play cricket, I will play for Mumbai or I will leave the game. I took a cooling period of one year and played club matches. I had a tough time but when I made a comeback, I scored a triple hundred against UP.”

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