Sarfaraz Khan’s Hindi Quiz Lightens The Mood With Shoaib Bashir
By CricShots - Feb 24, 2024 1:11 pm
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In a delightful incident during the ongoing fourth Test between India and England in Ranchi, a humorous exchange took place between debutant Sarfaraz Khan and England’s Shoaib Bashir. Both players have made their Test debuts in this series, with Sarfaraz featuring in the third Test in Ranchi, and Shoaib earning his maiden Test cap in Vishakhapatnam.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan was chirpy near the batter

The amusing incident occurred on the second day of the Test when Shoaib Bashir walked out to bat. Joe Root and Ollie Robinson had added 45 runs to the overnight score before Robinson was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja. As Shoaib Bashir came in to bat, Sarfaraz Khan curiously asked his teammates if Shoaib knew Hindi.


In response, Shoaib Bashir, a British Muslim of Pakistani descent, humorously stated, “Thodi thodi aati hain Hindi (I know little bit of Hindi),” bringing a light-hearted moment to the field.


Shoaib Bashir made a notable debut in the Vishakhapatnam Test, dismissing India captain Rohit Sharma early. Despite picking up three more wickets in the game, England lost by 106 runs. Subsequently, he was omitted from the playing eleven for the third Test in Rajkot.

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Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Khan made an impactful debut in the Rajkot Test, showcasing his batting prowess with quick-fire fifties. He scored 62 off 66 balls in the first innings and an unbeaten 68 off 72 balls in the second innings, contributing significantly to India’s record-breaking 434-run victory.

In the ongoing fourth Test, England staged a recovery from 112 for 5, posting a competitive total of 353 runs, thanks to Joe Root’s unbeaten 122-run knock. As India replied, they reached 34 for 1 at lunch on day two.

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This light-hearted banter between Sarfaraz Khan and Shoaib Bashir added a touch of humor to the intense Test match, reflecting the camaraderie shared by players on the field.