Sarfaraz Khan breaks Indian star’s record of fastest fifty by an Indian on Test debut

Shaik Baji
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Sarfaraz Khan, who showed aggression against England’s spinners, completed his half-century in just 48 balls.

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Sarfaraz Khan played some impressive shots in his storming innings.
A debutant gets nervous while playing his first innings for his country. But that was not the case with Sarfaraz Khan, who recently made his debut for India in Test cricket.

The Mumbai batsman brought up his half-century in just 48 balls and in the process, also broke Hardik Pandya’s record.

Sarfaraz came into bat when India scored 237/4 and Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 131 runs. It’s time for Sarfaraz to show his mettle, as he has shown in domestic cricket in the last few seasons. He got off to a slow start but found his boundary off the 13th ball, hitting his first four.

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After that, the right-hander never looked back and started playing aggressive shots. He was particularly aggressive against England’s spinners and dominated them. Sarfaraz’s aggressive intentions put England on the back foot.

His use of the sweep and reverse sweep is particularly impressive. He also used his legs against James Anderson, forcing keeper Ben Foakes to reach the stumps.

List of fastest half-centuries on men’s Test debut for India

  • 42-Patiyala Yuvraj vs England, 1934
  • 48 – Hardik Pandya vs Sri Lanka, 2017
  • 48 – Sarfaraz Khan vs England, 2024
  • 50 – Shikhar Dhawan vs Australia, 2013
  • 56 – Prithvi Shah vs West Indies, 2018

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Sarfaraz Khan, who played a memorable innings of 62 off 66 balls with 9 fours and 1 six, was unfortunately run out, a disastrous combination with Ravindra Jadeja. At the end of the first day’s play, India’s score was 326/5 and Jadeja was unbeaten on 110 runs.

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