When it’s in my luck, I’ll play for India, Sarfaraz Khan reflects

Sarfaraz Khan has addressed speculation that he will be part of the Indian dressing room with an emphasis on process rather than outcome, saying his dream will come true when the time comes. He then discussed his fitness journey and the impact of Virat Kohli’s comments.

Sarfaraz Khan is the talk of the town in India’s national cricket circuit, hailed by many as the next big thing for the national team. The youngster has been in the storyline for a long time and is more or less a household name due to appearances over eight seasons in the Indian Premier League. However, the Mumbaikar was still missing their big moment to really burst onto the scene, until this year.

Represent Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, the 24-year-old shed a tear, racking up an incredible 982 runs in just 9 innings with an astonishing average of 122.75. Sarfaraz’s exploits carried his side to the final, where he again impressed with his fourth century of campaigning, although it wasn’t enough to clinch the title. This spectacular form of point scoring has led to renowned experts such as Sunil Gavaskar calling for Khan’s inclusion in the Indian squad, greatly humiliating the emerging star.

“It’s a great honor that he thinks so highly of me. If you go to any cricket ground and ask any kid training there what their ultimate goal is, their answer would be that they want to play for India. I also have the same dream. But my Abbu says, ‘trust the process’. I play in the hope of improving myself every day. This is my passion; that’s what I’ve always wanted to do and I never want to get out of this zone. When it is in my luck, I will play for India,” Sarfaraz told The Indian Express.

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One of the talking points about Sarfaraz has always been his fitness, or rather the lack thereof. Since Virat Kohli became India’s captain, he spearheaded a fitness revolution to ensure every player was aligned with modern benchmarks to compete professionally at the highest level. He had a similar impact on young people through his stint as Bangalore Royal Challengers captain, Sarfaraz Khan being one of those grateful to have been positively influenced.

“When I played IPL in 2015-16, my fitness level was not good, and Virat Kohli told me that too. After that, I improved my fitness, but I I’ve gained weight. But over the past two years I’ve been very disciplined about my health. Everyone’s body is different, but that shouldn’t affect my game. Over the past eight years, I’ve participated in the IPL and took fitness tests, also in my off-season I will pay attention to my health and fitness,” Sarfaraz revealed.

“When we were not informed about food practices, we used to eat anything. But now, we are strict about our food. In our house, we used to eat every day from the non-vegetarian food. However, now we avoid eating biryani and other rice dishes. We eat it on Sundays or other occasions.”

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