Sir Don Bradman remains the benchmark to Test and FC batting but Mumbai youngster Sarfaraz Khan has come agonisingly close to him. Khan, 24, continues to play a pivotal role in the success story of Mumbai in the Ranji trophy 2021-22 season. He recorded his fourth century this season for his state team in the final against Madhya Pradesh at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Thursday.
Khan, who as a boy notched up 439 for Rizvi Springfield in an innings that featured 56 fours and 12 sixes in the Harris Shield inter-school tournament, continued on his purple patch as he scored 134 runs in the first innings for Mumbai. It was also the highest score by any Mumbai player in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 final. His well composed stay of 243 deliveries consisted of 13 boundaries and two hits over the fence which helped Mumbai reach a total of 374 runs.
However, it looked like he overcame his emotions, on reaching his fourth century of the season where he has recorded the high score of 275 runs, as he was in tears after reaching the triple digits. He, later, did a Shikhar Dhawan-styled thigh-five celebration to cap off his brilliant knock. He has now amassed 937 runs at an average of 133.85 with four centuries and two half-centuries under his belt.
|Sir Don Bradman||46||9||3429||92.68||13/9||452*||(Dec 1927-Jan 1930)|
|Sarfaraz Khan||36||6||2485||82.83||8/7||301*||(Dec 2014-Jun 2022)|