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Sarfaraz Khan does the star turn

Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
India’s Sarfaraz Khan in action against Pakistan during the U-19 WC in Dubai on Saturday.Getty Images

Saturday was a big day in the life of Naushad Khan. After all, his son, Sarfaraz, was playing a landmark game against Pakistan.

Khan, a cricket coach, did not step out of his modest Kurla home all day. He even switched off his cellphone! Hellbent on watching every ball of India's ICC Under-19 World Cup opener against their arch-rivals, he hoped his son would do the star turn. He promptly installed a video-camera in front of the telly and recorded the game.

By the end of the day, Khan was a happy man. Not only did India win handsomely, but Sarfaraz was also adjudged Man of the Match for scoring a 74 (78 balls, 5x4, 1x6), taking four catches and picking up a wicket at the Dubai International Stadium.

Khan found it difficult to hide his joy. In fact, so busy was the family that they even skipped lunch. "People were ringing us constantly. But I didn't want to be disturbed and I shot the whole match with my handy-cam. That's why my phone was turned off," Khan said.

Munching on chicken pakoras after the game, he spoke about Sarfaraz's performance. "When Sarfaraz walked in, the team was in a spot of bother (94/4). He had to play the waiting game. I am glad he played a crucial knock to bail his team out of trouble. The wicket was two-paced — while one end offered bounce, the other didn't. Having played on the uneven tracks of Azad Maidan, Sarfaraz was well-equipped to face the challenge," the proud father said.

So was he satisfied with his son's performance? "I can never be satisfied. He should have gone for a hundred and stayed there till the end," the taskmaster in Khan said.

Khan had advised his son to treat the Pakistan game like any other contest. "I told him not to be nervous. Treat it like just another game at Azad Maidan," he had told Sarfaraz.

 


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