Sarfaraz Khan: A dangal against adversity
Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Updated: January 28, 2020 8:43:57 am

Sarfaraz Khan, Sarfaraz Khan double hundred, Sarfaraz Khan triple hundred, Sarfaraz Khan Ranji Trophy, Sarfaraz Khan Mumbai Ranji Trophy, Mumbai vs Himachal Pradesh 2020 Sarfaraz Khan struck 32 fours and 4 sixes in his 226 off 213 deliveries. (Source: HPCA)

Apni life Dangal hai, full Dangal

Maa ke pet se marghat tak / hai teri kahaani pag pag pyare / dangal dangal, dangal dangal / sooraj tera charhta dhalta / gardish mein karte hain tare / dangal dangal, dangal dangal

Every morning, Sarfaraz Khan wakes as much as the booming vocals of Daler Mehndi from the film Dangal (wrestling enviornment). From womb to tomb, so the music goes, life is a wrestling enviornment. The music speaks of wrestle and inspiration—and it’s the music of his life proper now. He says he sleeps to the music as properly.

There is a burning want to atone for the misplaced years—Sarfaraz shifted to Uttar Pradesh 4 years in the past however returned to play for Mumbai this season after a yr of cooling-off interval – there’s a starvation to show the world mistaken, and an ambition to waltz to the massive stage as soon as once more.

Son of a cricket-crazy father and coach Naushad, whose dream in life is to see his children play for India, Sarfaraz believes he’s Geeta and his youngest brother Musheer, who performs for Mumbai U-19, is Babita on this Dangal of cricket. They are characters from the film, based mostly on a real-life wrestling household, however Sarfaraz sees in them a mirrored image of his personal life.

Four days in the past, Sarfaraz hit an unbeaten 301 after batting for nearly two days against Uttar Pradesh.

“God is great, Dad is great” is an oft-repeated expression from him as of late. And why not? “Even when I gave up in the dark days, he didn’t,” he says.

Four days in the past, Sarfaraz hit an unbeaten 301 after batting for nearly two days against Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, lest or not it’s construed that it was simply an effort of spite against Uttar Pradesh, a staff he had purpose to carry grudges against, he got here up with an unbeaten 226 against Himachal Pradesh. Mumbai have been wobbling at 74 for four when Sarfaraz imperiously first pulled them to security after which to a place of energy at 372 for five at stumps. An mixture of 527 runs, and nonetheless counting, with out being dismissed. Then he performed some soccer as a cool-down train after the day’s play in Dharamshala.

Isn’t he drained? Laughter earlier than an anecdotal rationalization. “In the early days of my career, my father used to make me run several laps of Azad Maidan in unbearable humid summer. Back then, I used to think, yeh sab karke kya hoga. Kahan kaam aayega. Sometimes, I would object and would get slapped, sometimes spend the entire day without food. All that toil under the sun has made my legs strong. And I am now reaping the benefits. God is great, Dad is great!” Sarfaraz instructed The Indian Express.

Sarfaraz Khan, Sarfaraz Khan double hundred, Sarfaraz Khan triple hundred, Sarfaraz Khan Ranji Trophy, Sarfaraz Khan Mumbai Ranji Trophy, Mumbai vs Himachal Pradesh 2020 Sarfaraz Khan indicators to the gang after reaching his double hundred (Source: BCCI Domestic/Twitter)

Maidan regulars would usually touch upon Naushad’s strict methods. Sometimes, Sarfaraz would sleep in a tent on the floor in order that he doesn’t waste time travelling within the morning Mumbai visitors. Sleep cricket, get up to extra cricket. At occasions, he would marvel concerning the futility of all of it however would hold these ideas to himself.

“I used to see many children accompanying their parents, they used to take care of them. Some used to come by car and I would think they didn’t have to endure hardships. Now once you start achieving success, I feel God is great, Dad is great.” That line once more. Sarfaraz hails from Rizvi Springfield, a college well-known for its cricketers. His contemporaries are India opener Prithvi Shaw and Armaan Jaffer. In the person’s world, Shaw has seemingly left behind Khan and Armaan, nephew of Wasim Jaffer and son of one other cricket-crazy father. Perhaps, as Vinod Kambli as soon as stated about himself and Sachin Tendulkar, ‘he took the elevator, I am taking the staircase’.

There weren’t many doubters of Sarfaraz’s expertise, however now and again, whispers about his ‘attitude’ would floor. His father would stand within the corridors exterior MCA officers’ cabins to request them to point out leniency.

“Life has revolved only around cricket, life started and ended in Azad Maidan. I didn’t go to school daily, didn’t meet people much. Sometimes, people say, ‘leave a child alone during their struggling days, they will learn from their own mistakes. Something like that has happened with me. Life teaches you what is right and wrong. There is a difference between the earlier Sarfaraz and now. I would say I am more mature now,” he says.

Matured sport

Maturity not simply in behaviour however in his sport too. Sarfaraz has already proven hitherto-unseen endurance, ability in shot choice, and the power to play to the calls for of a sport. And that has resulted in improved innings-building. However, Sarfaraz says this confidence wasn’t there within the not-so-distant previous as nothing went proper after he switched again to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh. He tore his knee ligaments, and cricket took a backseat for the subsequent few months.

“I got here again to serve a cooling-off interval in Mumbai. I felt life had abruptly taken a pause. I used to be in a tough scenario, twice I had been chosen for India under-19, I had been a part of IPL and the Ranji Trophy staff earlier than and abruptly all the things fading away. Frustration elevated and I might assume, ‘why is this happening to me?’

“I used to be a bit depressed. You have performed respectable cricket, been an IPL participant, represented your state – after which pause, you’re going nowhere. My father, nevertheless, stored hope. Frankly, even I didn’t have it. Seeing my father’s perception, I assumed, ‘kuch to hai andar mere mein, jo baahar nahin aa raha (There is one thing inside me that’s struggling to come back out). My father definitely believed it and we have been doing all of the onerous work however the rewards have been lacking,” Sarfaraz says.

Luckily, the wheels began to show. Once he regained health, he was picked for the Mumbai U-23 staff. It wasn’t IPL or Ranji Trophy however he knew it was one thing he wanted to do to show his life round. If not for himself, for his father. Later, got here the unbeaten 71 against a difficult Karnataka Ranji assault and the 22-year outdated hasn’t regarded again since. “I am very thankful to Mumbai Cricket Association for showing faith and giving me a chance in this Ranji Trophy season.”

The neatest thing to come back out of the robust section is the maturity that got here together with the runs.

“I was playing my first big match against Karnataka and was out for 8. I felt I didn’t have it it me, I can’t do this anymore. A fleeting thought but I managed to stub it out. Then came the 71 in the second innings— and that changed my self-perception. A voice rose within me that I definitely have something, a talent, that people don’t know. I can show that I am a red-ball player. All those words of hope and the belief my father showed in me were now coming from within myself.”

The neatest thing to come back out of this section is the maturity that got here together with the runs. He says he now realises that there isn’t a level in combating with the world. He has to do it for himself and his father. Back in these days, the father-son duo would promote monitor pants and the cash earned would complement the revenue from Railways (Naushad is a Class four worker) and go into the working of Macho Cricket Club, based mostly on a nickname he earned for a diving catch. Naushad punctuates his conversations with shayari and it appears, his son has now picked up the trait. One of his father’s strains runs thus: “Tum phool ko chutki se masal sakte ho lekin khushboo ko bikharne se kahan rok sakoge? (you’ll be able to simply stub out a flower however you’ll be able to’t cease its perfume from spreading).

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As the dialog winds up, Sarfaraz serves one for the street: “Rakh hausla woh manzar bhi aayega, pyaasey ke paas samundar bhi aayega” (hold the resolve, that sight will seem; the ocean will come to the thirsty). He doesn’t say the subsequent two strains of that poem, however one can sense he hopes his journey continues like that. ‘Thak kar na baith ae manzil ke musafir. Manzil bhi milegi aur milne ka mazaa bhi aayega’. (Don’t sit drained, oh traveller, you’ll not solely attain your vacation spot but in addition expertise the enjoyment and enjoyable of getting there).

Brief Scores: Mumbai 372/5 (Sarfaraz Khan 226 not out, Aditya Tare 62; Vaibhav Arora 2-28) v/s Himachal Pradesh.

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