Sarfaraz taught a lesson to loose deliveries as Madhya Pradesh captain Aditya Srivastava had to spread the fielders. Sarfaraz has matured now and has been doing well since the 2019-20 (then 928 runs) season. He has also recovered from disciplinary problems early in his career that forced him to leave Mumbai for a season. The ball was moving between the clouds in the sky but Sarfaraz remained at one end on a difficult pitch to bat.
Sarfaraz smashed pacer Veteran Agarwal for a boundary from deep extra cover and deep point despite the Madhya Pradesh captain spreading the fielders to stop the boundary. He picked up four runs in T20 style by scooping it over the wicketkeeper’s head. Sarfaraz completed his century on 97 with a four over the bowler’s head while the fielders stood at long on and long off.
There is no place in the Indian Test team’s middle order but the way Sarfaraz is batting, if in the words of head coach Rahul Dravid, he is not knocking the door for selection in the team but is banging loudly. Sarfaraz made four short but effective partnerships. He took 40 for the seventh wicket with Tanush Kotian (15), 26 for the eighth wicket with Dhawal Kulkarni (01), 39 for the ninth wicket with Tushar Deshpande (06) and Mohit Awasthi (07) for the last wicket. Added 21 runs for it.