Sarfaraz Khan is not one to quickly give up. Despite averaging over 100 in the previous three Ranji Trophy seasons (including the current one), after being passed over for the first two Tests against Australia, he persisted. He grieved, was demoralized, and even shared Instagram stories of his previous numbers. In the first opportunity he had after being pulled out of India’s Test team, Sarfaraz produced a remarkable century, his third of the season, when his side, Mumbai, was in difficulty against New Delhi.

On the first day of their Group B match against longstanding rivals Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the 25-year-old helped Mumbai reach 293 before being bowled out.

When Sarfaraz scored his hundred, he sprang into the air and shouted, drawing attention from everyone at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. He then whacked his thighs in memory of the late singer Sidhu Moosewala. Raw energy and genuine emotions were evident.

BCCI Domestic shared the video on Twitter with the accompanying caption: “100 counts are made. Sarfaraz Khan struck out spectacularly once again.”

The report went viral immediately away, but it also drew criticism for leaving the right-hander off the Test squad. Former Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad warned the selectors about Sarfaraz with severe words. He described the absence of Sarfaraz as “domestic cricket is abused. It would be unfair to Sarfaraz Khan and insulting to domestic cricket to leave him out of the Test Team after three great domestic seasons. He is also physically fit enough to score those runs. Numerous individuals exceed the 100 kilograms (kg) mark “In a tweet, Prasad criticized the fitness evaluations of Sarafarz.

Over the last two Ranji Trophy seasons, Sarfaraz has scored 1,910 runs at an average of 136.42 in just 12 games. He not only hit 11 fifty-strikes in 18 innings but also seven centuries.

Averaging 134.64 runs per innings with nine hundred, five fifties, two double hundreds, and a triple tonne since 2019, the Mumbai batsman has scored 2,289 runs in 22 innings.