The Indian Premier League is long over but the stars who lit the grounds up are hard to forget.
One such young prodigy who took the nation by a storm even before the IPL was the Mumbai-born Sarfaraz Khan.
Now 10, Sarfaraz was one of the standout performers for India in the U-19 World earlier this year.
He scored 355 runs at an average of 71 but could not help India to the title. However, he established himself as an exciting prospect for the Indian future and recently opened up about cricket and his life in an interview with Rediff.com
Here are the highlights of the same:
The fearless hard hitter revealed that he has a tough fitness regime and that he is working out to stay fit in his time off of cricket. He said that he is answerable to his fitness coach Shankar Basu every week.
“I have been given a workout schedule and diet plan by RCB’s fitness coach (Shankar Basu). I have to give him a weekly update,” the 18-year-old said.
He went on to explain his training schedule and revealed that he is given a different routine every week so that he is no bored.
“I have lost 4, 5 kgs this one month. It involves intense cardio exercises — running, swimming and cycling, coupled with weight training,” he added.
Sarfaraz who started the recently concluded IPL with a 10 ball 35 against the Champions Sunrisers was later thrown down the order but the youngster revealed that he was not frustrated and that he learnt a lot sitting on the bench.
“Such things happen in the game. I think the time on the bench has helped me grow as a player,” he said.
The 18-year old has burst into the scene as one of the most fearless batsmen in the domestic circuit and Sarfaraz revealed what makes him effective in the shortest format.
He revealed that he learnt most of the shots with hours of practice in the nets and that it was important for the batsman to stay confident if he wants to play such innovative shots.
The RCB batsman also spoke about his chances in the longer format.
He laughed off when asked if he was not fit for the longer format. He said that his average in the Ranji Trophy which is above 90 is enough proof that he is a quality player even in the longer format.
“Currently, I am working on my conventional strokes. T20s and ODIs are important, but one day I want to fulfill my father’s dream of playing Test cricket for India,” Sarfaraz added.
The 18-year old revealed that the RCB skipper Virat Kohli has been helpful and that he was overjoyed when he received a gift from his idol.
The Indian limited over skipper, Virat Kohli was friendly with the youth in the side all throughout the IPL season and Sarfaraz revealed that Kohli gifted him his bat and a pair of gloves something he will keep with him forever.
“It was extremely special to get it from someone whom I idolise. He told me to work harder and come back fitter during the next season,” he revealed talking about the inspiration Kohli gave to him and the youngsters in the team.
Surely, the 18-year old has the potential to become of the best in the game but he will have to keep up his good work and work hard to fulfil his dream.