Sarfaraz Khan on Tuesday evening did a Guran on against Sunrisers Hyderabad while playing a 10 ball 35 runs innings. The U-19 colt played a gutsy innings in the Indian Premier League.
“He is an incredible young man.” That was Shane Watson’s response to Khan’s 10-ball 35* against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. But what stood out was the way he not just innovated but also executed those innovations to perfection.
In the last over of the match, he read Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s mind to precision. The swing bowlers’ attempt to York the Royal Challengers Bangalore youngster was hit for four and a six in succession taking 28 runs in the 19th over.
When the 10 ball extravaganza started, the crowd had barely caught its breath back following the pyrotechnics from RCB skipper Virat Kohli (75 off 51 ) ad AB de Villiers (82 off 42) .
The two RCB ‘batmen’ hit 14 fours and 9 sixes between them, one of which from De Villiers even touched the roof of the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
The two RCB ‘batmen’ hit 14 fours and 9 sixes between them, one of which from De Villiers even kissed the roof of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
If that was risk-free hitting in front of the stumps, Khan was ready to hit ‘back’ everything hurled at him, especially by Kumar, who couldn’t repeat the Yorker that produced KKohli’s wicket for Hyderabad.
If that was risk-free hitting in front of the stumps, Khan chose to do the same behind the sticks.
“The control over the shots he has…never seen before for a young talent like him,” Watson said after RCB’s 45-run win.
After scoring a mammoth 227, RCB restricted Hyderabad to 182 for 6.
At times, Sarfaraz even stood facing the bowler as he ran into a bowl – reminding of ‘Guran’ the fortune-teller in famous Bollywood movie Lagaan, played by the Late Rajesh Vivek.
But, while ‘Guran’ surprised the East India company just for a bit, Sarfaraz’s 10 balls unbeaten stay in the middle took the breath of every spectator. His innings read like this 4,4,6,4,4,6,2,0,4.