Former captain of Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed, returning to the country’s Test team after 8 years, stunned the cricketing world with his batting prowess. He failed to touch three-digit scores in the first Test after being dismissed for 86 and 78 runs in the two innings of the first Test against New Zealand. In the second match, however, Sarfraz finally broke his century drought, reaching the landmark for the fourth time in the longest format of the game. As Sarfaraz reached the milestone, he produced a rousing celebration, punching the air as well as the ground.
A few months ago, even Sarfraz’s chances of playing for Pakistan again were considered dusty. However, changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the arrival of Najam Shetty as chairman Shahid Afridi Sarfaraz also returned as chief selector.
With Pakistan reduced to 80 for 5, the onus was on Sarfraz to hold the edge and lead the team to safety. The experienced cricketer not only prevented the fall of wickets but also scored runs at a pace that kept the hosts’ hopes of winning the match alive.
As Sarfraz completed his century inside his home stadium Karachi, the entire stadium erupted with fans. Here’s the video:
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Even his wife, who was in the stands, seemed to shed tears as she watched her husband cry with joy.
After 8 years, Sarfraz scored a century in Tests
What a moment at NSK
His wife is crying pic.twitter.com/G2aVDO9ib2
– Imran Siddique (@imransiddique89) January 6, 2023
Prior to the match, Sarfraz became only the second Pakistani wicketkeeper to score 6000 runs in international cricket. After 4 long years, he returned to the team’s Test team. In fact, this is the first time Sarfraz is playing a Test series in Pakistan.
It is also noted that Sarfraz is the highest run-scorer as a wicket-keeper, having scored over 3000 runs in the longest format of the game.
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