5 Interesting Facts about Sarfaraz Khan Who Just Broke a World Record in U-19 Cricket


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Sarfaraz Khan has been known for his aggressive batting style from his younger days. This 18-year-old is now in the news for creating a world record by hitting his fifth half-century in the ICC U-19 World Cup. Here are 5 interesting things you should know about this promising cricketer.

1. He is the youngest IPL player

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In 2015, Sarfaraz was chosen by the Indian Premier League and became the youngest player to feature in the event. He was signed up for Rs. 50 lakh and played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

2. He is not new to controversy

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He has been suspended by the Mumbai Cricket Association for allegedly fudging his age. A bone test was conducted on him and the results – which showed his age as 15-years-and-8-months – did not match the age registered with the Association (which was 13 at the time). He underwent three tests to prove his age and finally the authorities accepted it and revoked his suspension. This was a trying time for him.

3.  He played for the Hull Cricket Club

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Sarfaraz, along with three other cricketers from the city, was selected for a month-long stint with Hull Cricket Club, a premier club in the United Kingdom, for the Yorkshire League in 2012. In the same year,  he was also featured in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

4. He is coached by his father

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Sarfaraz’s father Naushad Khan, who was a well-known cricketer, has been his coach. He is a hard taskmaster. Sarfaraz had to quit school in order to focus on cricket. During this time, his father employed private maths and English tutors to teach Sarfaraz and his brother Musheer – who is also a cricketer.

5.  He has been lauded by prominent cricketers

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Sarfaraz has been the favourite of many prominent cricketers. He has earned praise from Rahul Dravid – who is convinced of his abilities. Virat Kohli too has appreciated him for his game. After Sarfaraz wowed everyone with his batting skills during a match against Rajasthan Royals, Virat even bowed down before him.

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