After a thumping win in the second Test against England, the Indian team are currently facing injury woes which makes it difficult for the team to make a perfect playing XI. On Monday, it was yet another dent in the Indian hopes as the wicketkeeper batter KL Rahul was reported to be unfit for the third Test match against England. Moreover, It's been also reported that Sarfaraz Khan is poised to receive his Test debut in the upcoming third Test against England, starting on February 15th in Rajkot.
Due to KL Rahul not receiving clearance from the India Cricket Board Medical Staff, it's anticipated that the Mumbai batter will be included in the playing XI. Sarfaraz Khan's exceptional performance over three consecutive seasons in domestic cricket, where he averaged over 100 runs each year, has earned him a maiden Test call-up. If everything proceeds as planned, he will be awarded his Test cap for the country.
“Sarfaraz will be making his debut. As KL has been ruled out for this Test, Sarfaraz will be getting his first game,” a source confirmed as reported by Indian Express.
Sarfaraz Khan & Dhruv Jurel set to make their Debut in the 3rd Test. [Devendra Pandey From Express Sports] pic.twitter.com/pmdgBPGCWM— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 12, 2024
More than myself, I am happy for my father: Sarfaraz Khan
In Visakhapatnam, Sarfaraz had to wait his turn as Rajat Patidar was chosen ahead of him following Virat Kohli's absence from the first two Tests. Moreover, the right-hand batter also remarked that the game was all about patience and emphasized the importance of patience in playing Test cricket. Sarfaraz even noted that in life, there were instances where people tended to rush themselves. He admitted to feeling emotional about his wait to get into the team and recalled his father's advice to keep working hard, assuring him that he would be unstoppable with self-belief and patience.
“The game is all about patience. If we have to play Test cricket, we have to be patient. In life, there are times when we rush ourselves. I would get emotional about my wait to get into the team. My father always told me that keep working hard and you’ll be unstoppable. Having self-belief and patience is very important. More than myself, I am happy for my father. In a country that boasts such a huge population, it is a proud feeling to be part of the Indian team,” Sarfaraz said in a social media post after his maiden Test call up for India.