Indian Premier League 2016: Sarfaraz Khan floors VVS Laxman with 10-ball cameo

first_imgThe spotlight was on AB de Villiers (82) and Virat Kohli (75) for their sensational knocks in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. However, it was impossible to overlook a 10-ball 35 by the young Sarfaraz Khan. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Sarfaraz’s knock was no fluke. He executed some breathtaking shots against a quality bowling attack leaving his teammates Chris Gayle and Shane Watson awestruck.  The 18-year-old also drew high praise from the opposition. SRH skipper David Warner’s views on Sarfaraz were echoed by Team Mentor and former India batsman VVS Laxman, who believed the youngster took the game away from his men. (Shane Watson impressed with Sarfaraz’s control over shots )”I thought it was a good effort from the batsmen, likewise from the bowlers to pull things back a bit after the partnership between Virat and AB. Unfortunately we lost Ashish Nehra in the 11th over. But still the other bowlers did well until Sarfaraz came out with that sensational innings,” Laxman told iplt20.com.Laxman was also impressed with Sarfaraz’s confidence while facing top-class international bowlers. (Sarfaraz is like my son, says Chris Gayle ) “I’m very impressed with him. He is a young boy but the kind of confidence he shows and his body language is really good to see. It bodes very well for Indian cricket to see such youngsters do well against international bowlers at this level. Some of the shots that he played were mind-boggling,” Laxman said.Sarfaraz could be another batting star in the making. It is not easy for a teenager to stand out in a star-studded line-up that includes Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson. This IPL season could well be the launching pad for one of the most exciting young batsmen in the country.advertisementlast_img read more