Indian U-19 batsman Sarfaraz Khan is currently training in England after Indian Test captain’s advice to get fitter and stronger.
The 18 years old Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman has hit two hundred on his arrival in England. He improved his skills with tips from some of the renowned coaches.
Talking to Gulf News, Khan said, “I want to try and be as fit as Kohli. He is a role model for every youngster today. It’s great to be playing under Kohli for RCB. After this season’s IPL, Kohli called me and told me that I have good talent and if I can work hard on my fitness too I will be a success. I want to meet his expectations and so decided to fly to England where I can train hard unlike in India where it would be raining now. I am delighted with the experience here.”
He trains hard in England and for long hours as the sun set late in England during the summer.
“I got a century in G-Force Academy match and also hit 132 runs for Shenley Village Cricket Club in Saturday league. I also got good tips from coaches like T.A. Sekar, Ian Trott and Ashish Kapoor and Ayub Caz and above all Gopal Jasapara, who invited me to join the camp,” added Khan, who caught the attention at the age of 12 by breaking the record for the highest score in Mumbai’s Harris Shield through a marathon knock of 438 runs for Rizvi Springfield with 56 fours and 12 sixes.
Sarfaraz is sponsored by businessman Shyam Bhatia who also takes the responsibility of his educational expenses and cricket kit. In 2014 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh Khan was the highest scorer for India. He was also the youngest to play the IPL.
“In England, the ball moves a lot and by playing here it will be easy for me to score in the coming Ranji Trophy season,” said Khan, who plays for Uttar Pradesh.