Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan has been in excellent form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2022 season. With two centuries, one half-century, and one double century to his name, the young batter has collected more than 700 runs in just 4 matches.
Regarded as one of India’s brightest young talents, Sarfaraz failed to keep up with the competition as his India U19 teammates Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan made it to the national team and have earned IPL glory as well.
However, making a tremendous comeback, the batter has put up some delightful performances with the bat in domestic cricket. Khan revealed the secret to his magical transformation.
"I'm an attacking player but when an attacking player develops some patience, he can become really dangerous. There was still some problem in my technique, but my father and I worked on that a lot. So I learnt to stay on the wicket and know exactly where my off stump is in red-ball cricket,” said Sarfaraz to ESPNCricinfo.
"I would play 600-700 balls every day at Cross Maidan and at home combined, especially against the swinging ball. If T20s are coming up then I just hit out in the nets, like playing the cut and pull. For day's cricket [first-class games], I would focus on leaving the ball because once you see through the first hour or so, you can get going and nobody can stop an attacking batsman like me,” the 24-year-old cricketer said.
"It's [the pitch at home] the toughest wicket I practice on. After playing in such places when I go for matches, I don't find it so difficult because this practice I go through is really tough - it has bounce, speed, swing, cut, dampness, everything," Khan spoke about his preparation.
Mumbai stormed their way into the Ranji Trophy semi-finals by thrashing Uttarakhand in the quarter-finals by a world-record margin of 725 runs. The team will face Uttar Pradesh in the tournament's semi-final, beginning on June 14th, Tuesday.