Sarfaraz Khan is sure to get test cap in Rajkot, another budding player is also expected to join the playing eleven. cricket news

After averaging over 100 in three consecutive domestic seasons, Sarfaraz Khan is all set to get a Test cap. With middle-order mainstay KL Rahul failing the fitness test, the Mumbai batsman is expected to be included in the playing eleven for the third Test in Rajkot.

“Sarfaraz will be making his debut. Since KL has been ruled out of this Test, Sarfaraz will get a chance to play his first game,” a source confirmed.

Sarfaraz has been working hard for the last few years. Even though the selectors chose Rajat Patidar after Virat Kohli pulled out of the first two Tests, the 26-year-old did not lose hope. A day after being overlooked for selection day, he scored 161 against the England Lions.

“The game is all about patience. If we want to play Test cricket, we will have to be patient. Many times in life we ​​hurry. I will get emotional about my wait to get into the team. My father always told me to keep working hard and you will be invincible. It is very important to have confidence and patience,” he told on his test call.

“I am more happy for my father than myself. It is a matter of pride to be a part of the Indian team in a country where there is such a large population.”

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The 26-year-old learned more about the day he learned about his call. “I was getting ready to play Ranji Trophy. I had India A clothes in the bag and was packing for my Ranji match. I suddenly got a call and came to know that I have been selected (in the Indian team),” he said.

“At first I didn't believe it. Then I told everyone at home but my father was not there. I called him to his native place and he also became emotional. My wife, my mother and my father were all emotional. My only dream is to fulfill his (father's) wish of seeing me play for the country. After the call, I feel like my hard work has been successful and I am very happy.

Wicketkeeper batsman Dhruv Jurel will also make his debut for the Test starting on February 15. The 23-year-old will replace Uttar Pradesh gloveman KS Bharat, who was far from his best in the series so far.

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