Young Indian batsman Sarfaraz Khan hit his first maiden triple hundred in Ranji Trophy as he led Mumbai’s fightback against Uttar Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Sarfaraz Khan became only the 7th Mumbai batsman to hit a triple hundred in Ranji Trophy. He joins an elite list of Mumbai batsmen that include Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Merchant and Ajit Wadekar.
Sarfraz’s 301 not out was only the 8th instance of a Mumbai batsman scoring a Ranji Trophy triple hundred.
Veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer is the only batsman from the Ranji team to hit a triple hundred twice. Mumbai were in a spot of bother against Uttar Pradesh as they were 128 for 4 at point in time in reply to Uttar Pradesh’s massive total of 625.
“I was just delighted and would like to thank MCA for giving me another chance. It [century] was due for a long time. I am glad I scored my first century for Mumbai,” Sarfaraz told Mid-Day after completing his hundred on Tuesday.
However, Sarfaraz Khan and Siddesh Lad rescued Mumbai with a 210-run stand. Sarfaraz ended up hitting a massive amount of runs including, 30 boundaries and 8 sixes as he remained unbeaten on 301 from 391 balls. Mumbai secured a 63-run lead but the Ranji Trophy match ended up in a draw. Captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare also chipped in with 97 while impressive all-rounder Shams Mulani shone with a quick 65.
Notably, Sarfaraz Khan had struck the triple hundred against his former Ranji Trophy team. Sarfaraz, who hails from Mumbai, had played for Uttar Pradesh before moving to Mumbai at the start of last season.
He had scored 44 against Mumbai at the Wankhede in 2015.
“It was daddy’s [coach Naushad Khan] decision [to play for UP]. I still remember when I was leaving for UP and packing my Mumbai Ranji team’s clothing, I was literally crying because of my love for Mumbai. I never thought I would play for Mumbai again. I still can’t believe I came back and played for Mumbai. It’s like a dream.”
Sarfaraz has been consistent so far in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season with scores of 8 and 71 not out against Karnataka and 31 against Tamil Nadu in a low-scoring encounter.