When he scored 439 runs for Rizvi Springfield in an innings that included 56 fours and 12 sixes, Sarfaraz Khan, then 12, broke the inter-school Harris Shield record for highest score. Currently, he’s had a record-breaking season for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy 2022, and the numbers speak for themselves.
Before Sarfaraz Khan, only two players had amassed 900+ runs in two Ranji Trophy iterations. He is the first player to accomplish this in a series of competitions. In the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy season, Sarfaraz amassed 928 runs, and so far in the current campaign, he has scored 937 runs. The other players who have twice exceeded the 900-run threshold in a Ranji Trophy season are Ajay Sharma and Wasim Jaffer.
Sarfaraz has a batting average of 82.76 in 23 Ranji Trophy games, which ranks third among all players with 2000 plus runs scored. Over the course of the competition's 87 editions, only Vijay Merchant (98.35) and Sachin Tendulkar (87.37) have averaged higher than Sarfaraz. Average for Sarfaraz during the first two rounds of the Ranji Trophy in 2021–22 is 133.85. In a Ranji Trophy season in which they have scored more than 900 runs, it is the fourth-highest for any hitter.
First-class cricket batting average for Sarfaraz is 82.83. It is the second-highest total for a batter in the format with 2,000 or more runs. Donald Bradman, who has 28,067 runs under his belt at an average of 95.14, is the only batter with a higher average.
The run machine is set to reap the rewards of his hard work and results. According to Times of India, he is in consideration for the Indian Test team to play Bangladesh in November.
"It’s impossible to overlook him now. His performances are speaking about his huge ability, and putting pressure on many in the Indian team. He will be a certainty when the selectors pick the Indian team for the Bangladesh Test series. He did well for India A last year in South Africa and he's an excellent fielder," Times of India quoted a BCCI source as saying.
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