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He averages 81 in first-class cricket. ‘Remarkable’: WI great Ian Bishop heaps praise on India’s domestic star

In the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy season, many batsmen have impressed with their consistent performances, but there is one name that stands apart from the rest, just in terms of consistency and talent throughout the season – Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan. In eight innings, the 24-year-old batsman has scored 937 runs at an incredible average of 137.85. During the final against Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, Sarfaraz scored his fourth century of the season as he top-scored for Mumbai with 134 runs, taking the team to a strong total of 374.

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After a stellar Ranji season, the demand for an international call-up for Sarfaraz among Indian fans has increased manifold. After scoring a crucial century in the final, he also caught the attention of a former international cricketer sitting thousands of miles away – West Indies great Ian Bishop.

Bishop lauded Sarfaraz’s incredible consistency on his official Twitter account as he noted his average in first-class cricket.

Sarfaraz Khan averages 81 in FC cricket. Yes, that’s a small sample size of 24 games, but it’s still doable,” Bishop wrote.

Sarfaraz has so far scored 2,351 runs in 35 innings at an average of 81.06 in first-class cricket, scoring seven centuries and as many fifties.

After his knock, Sarfaraz dedicated his century to his father as he got emotional during the press briefing. Shedding tears, Sarfaraz said, “This century is due to my father (father), his sacrifices and my hand holding when I could have been down and out.”

“In our lives, it’s all about the little dreams we give shelter to. The dreams we (he and his father) have together. That’s about 2000 runs in the two seasons I’ve had since my return to Mumbai. Yes, it is because of my ‘Abbu’.”

At the end of Day 2 in the Ranji Trophy final, Madhya Pradesh stood at 123/1, still trailing by 251 runs in the first innings against Mumbai.

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