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U-19 hero Sarfaraz Khan arrives in Mumbai to hero's welcome
Sunday March 2, 2014 11:39 AM, ummid.com & Agencies

16-year-old Sarfaraz Khan who is studying in Class IX was given a hero's welcome at the airport on his arrival in Mumbai after the impressive performance in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the UAE.

Sarfaraz Khan

A huge crowd was gathered outside the Mumbai's Shivaji International Airport to welcome the young talent. They were holding posters and shouting slogans in his praise. The enthusiasm and warmth with which their son was greeted surprised even Sarfaraz's parents.

"I am proud of my son who has performed so brilliantly at an international event and hope that he will continue to do better", Sarfaraz's father Naushad Khan, said outside the airport.

Though finished a poor fifth in the ICC Under-19 World Cup which was lifted by South Africa, Sarfaraz Khan impressed all by his brilliant all-rounder show, by bat and ball both, and also on the field. Sarfaraz scored 211 runs in six matches, took one wicket and has eight catches to his credit.

Interestingly, barely an hour before Sarfaraz landed in the city, the Mumbai Cricket Association announced that the talented middle-order batsman had been included in the Mumbai squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy (West Zone) matches in Rajkot. The domestic giants have already lost to Baroda and Gujarat and will now take on Saurashtra and Maharashtra on March 2 and 3.

"He is desperate to play. He landed around 8:00 pm today (Friday) and will fly to Rajkot at 5:00 am tomorrow (Saturday). The boy is full of energy. I hope the coach (Lalchand Rajput) gives him a chance," MCA secretary Nitin Dalal said.

It's been more than a quarter century since Sachin Tendulkar played for Mumbai at the age of 15. Sarfaraz may have to wait for a few months before making his first-class debut, but featuring in the Ranji one-dayers as a class IX student is no joke either.



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