Leading Mumbai’s fightback against Uttar Pradesh on day four at the Wankhede, Sarfaraz Khan brought up his maiden triple century in first-class cricket.
With fellow teammate Akash Parkar batting on one end, Sarfaraz took the aerial route and deposited UP’s Rinku Singh on the onside to reach the landmark in style. Celebrating with gusto, he acknowledged his teammates and father-cum-coach Naushad Khan, who was watching from the MCA pavilion.
The right-hander took 388 balls to reach the three-figure mark, hitting 30 fours and six sixes along the way.
At one stage Mumbai was in a spot of bother at 16/2 with Jay Bista and Shashank falling early in pursuit of UP’s 625. But from there on it was a batting masterclass from the 22-year-old as he batted with grit and glory. Hardik Tamore (51), Siddhesh Lad (98) and Aditya Tare (97) added solidarity to the innings.
Sarfaraz Khan’s 301* is now the second-highest score in first-class cricket while batting at number six. The highest is by Karun Nair who hit 328 in the 2014/15 Ranji Trophy final also at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sarfaraz’s story is an interesting one- In 2015 he was at the Wankhede for an Uttar Pradesh v Mumbai game, in the away dressing room, playing for UP.
On Wednesday, life came a full circle when he was back for the same match but this time in the home dressing room.
Sarfaraz Khan’s sparkling innings helped Mumbai snatch the vital points on basis of their first-innings lead against UP in the sixth round of Ranji Trophy.
Sarfaraz Khan In Ranji Trophy 2019/20:
vs Karnataka – 8 & 71*
vs Tamil Nadu – 36
vs Uttar Pradesh – 301*