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“If you let him be, he’ll do his job” – Rohit Sharma lauds Sarfaraz Khan’s impressive Test debut
By SMCS - Feb 19, 2024 10:00 am
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Team India captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that he hasn’t seen Sarfaraz Khan bat a lot. He, however, said that he has come to know from players in Mumbai that the middle-order batter is someone who will do his job because he has a lot of experience. With KL Rahul being ruled out of the third Test against England in Rajkot, Sarfaraz Khan made his Test debut. The latter grabbed his opportunity with both hands, smashing 62 in the first innings before being run out in unfortunate fashion. In the second innings as well, he scored an unbeaten 68 off 72 balls.

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Sarfaraz Khan witnessed a horrible run-out

At the post-match presentation following India’s stunning 434-run win over England in Rajkot, Rohit said, “I haven’t seen Sarfaraz bat that much. But all the people I’ve heard from, the players who are from Mumbai, (that) he’s made runs in a lot of difficult situations for Mumbai. He’s hungry for runs and for the last 4-5 years, he’s continuously made runs in domestic cricket, so (that means) he’s doing something good.”

“We didn’t discuss any plans with him. Because I know that if you let him be, he’ll do his job, which I’ve heard from the players from Mumbai. I won’t say anything about Jaiswal now, everyone is talking about him. Let him play. He’s playing well and (that) is good for us. He’s in good form. I’m not going to say much more than that,” he further added.

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Sarfaraz Khan and Ravindra Jadeja engaged in a terrible mix up

While the youngsters did a tremendous job for India in Rajkot, veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the Player of the Match for scoring a hundred and picking up a five-fer.

“If you see the past couple of years, he’s actually come out and scored some crucial runs for us. Whether it’s in India or outside India as well. He’s batting really well and the confidence is there with the bat, which is why we thought of sending him up the order as well (in the first innings),” Rohit Sharma concluded.