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Sarfaraz Khan is a right-handed batsman from Mumbai. He started playing cricket very early in his life and is the youngest player to be auctioned in the 2015 Player Auction.
He first gave a display of his mind-boggling talent in 2009 in the U-16 Harris Shield Cup – the same inter-school tournament that brought Sachin to fame. He broke the Little Master’s record by scoring 439 for Rizvi Springfield and was merely 12-years-old when he did so.
When he was just 15, in August 2013, his 4/27 against Sri Lanka wrapped up a comfortable U-19 ODI series win for India. An outstanding season for the Mumbai U-19 team earned him a spot in the India U-19 team in the quadrangular series in Vishakhapatnam later that year.
In this tournament, he made a fiery 101 off 66 against South Africa U-19 gave India legs early in the tournament. He followed it up with returns of 67 and 2/9 in the final against the same opposition to lead India to victory in the series, cementing a place as a regular in the India U-19 team.
In the first big clash of the U-19 World Cup in Dubai, India took on arch rivals Pakistan. Sarfaraz’s 74 set a good target for Pakistan to chase. And if that wasn't enough, his four catches and a wicket ensured Pakistan, the toughest opponents in the group didn't stand a chance.
Over time, Sarfaraz has also worked on his legspin while his consistency with the bat has helped him cement a place in the fiercely competitive Mumbai Ranji side. This infusion of young blood into the RCB squad is bound to do good to both our bowling and batting. Though still young, Sarfaraz has experience playing against opposition on pitches across the world and importantly, has done well. And this experience might prove to be vital while facing some of the teams in IPL.