How Sarfaraz mastered spin: 500 balls per day in nets and a 1600km car journey

Sarfaraz Khan’s dominating performance against England’s spinners in just his debut Test was no fluke. It was the culmination of over 15 years of hard work that involved playing 500 deliveries everyday under the watchful eyes of his zealous father Naushad Khan.

With two confident half centuries in his debut Test in Rajkot, Sarfaraz has shown that he is here to stay in the Indian team. The 26-year-old got his Test cap after years of toiling in the domestic circuit and also honing his skills at his father’s ‘Macho Cricket Club’.

The hard work and systematic planning of the past few years, especially during the two COVID-19 lockdowns, paid off against the likes of Tom Hartley, Joe Root and Rehan Ahmed in Rajkot.

“It has taken playing 500 deliveries per day from off, leg and left-arm spinners across Oval, Cross and Azad Maidans in Mumbai,” said a coach who has seen the Mumbaikar’s growth from close quarters.

“…During (COVID) lockdown, he undertook a car journey covering 1600km. From Mumbai to Amroha, Moradabad, Meerut, Kanpur, Mathura and Dehradun, he travelled and played on proverbial ‘akhadas’ where the ball turns square with one shooting up and few staying down,” he added.

The Sarfaraz that was manoeuvering the spinners with ease, honed his skills the tough way.

The credit for the final product lies not just with Naushad though.

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