Royal Challengers Bangalore made a surprising move by retaining Sarfaraz Khan, the former Under-19 World Cup star, for the upcoming IPL 2018 season.
The young cricketer had suffered a knee injury and was advised to run only after three months of recuperation, following a surgery. But his father-cum-coach Naushad made sure Sarfaraz was back at training in two months. By his own admission, he was worried about his immediate future.
“Bahut he khushi mili, I was wondering if I will play in the IPL this year and what will happen. But the call changed everything. It came as big relief but am thankful to my father, it’s because of him am I back. At the same time I’m thankful for RCB in showing so much faith in me, RCB is IPL ke dhadkan and to be part of it is certainly big thing,” Sarfaraz told The Indian Express.
On Thursday, RCB retained India skipper Virat Kohli and South African stalwart AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz is delighted to be in the same bracket as the two RCB super stars.
“When I stepped on the ground after recovering from injury, I felt like I had been released from a jail. I have to start afresh. Will I able to hit the ball like before!” Sarfaraz wonders.
“He told me that the way am batting doesn’t look like I am back after eight months lay off. He told me “ek dum kadak batting kar raha hoon and that I should continue in the same manner. He told me not to think too much and runs will come,” Sarfaraz added.