Mumbai-born cricketer Sarfaraz Khan made 125 runs off 155 balls against Delhi on Tuesday in a Ranji Trophy match. With 556 runs scored in six games at an average of 111.20, three hundred, and one half-century, he is presently the ninth-highest run scorer in the current Ranji Trophy season. He had scored 982 runs in six matches at an incredible average of 122.75, including four tonnes and two half-centuries, to lead all scorers in the Ranji Trophy 2021–22 (the previous season).

Despite his impressive statistics, the 25-year-old was not chosen for the national team for the next Test series against Australia in India. Before Sarfaraz, the BCCI last week selected star batter Suryakumar Yadav for the first two Tests against the visitors.

After being let in, Sarfaraz posted an enigmatic Instagram message bragging about his impressive first-class cricket numbers, where he averages 80.47, second only to the legendary Don Bradman among batters with at least 50 innings of play.

In an interview with Sports Tak on Tuesday, Sarfaraz was asked about his excellent stats and how close he was to match Bradman’s record.

“I’m ecstatic. However, sir (Don Bradman) ki barabri to kabhi koi kar hi nahi sakta, mai bahur khus hu ki main unke aas pass tha record me. Record ka kya hai, mujhe pata chala… kabhi banta hai, kabhi toot-ta hai, kabhi average accha rahta hai, kabhi ek na ek din wo bhi niche aa jata hai. Accha performance karta rahu, mai bus yahi try kar raha hu, jabtak accha performance ho raha hai. (Don Bradman is unbeatable, but I’m happy to be within striking distance of him. I became aware of it. Records are continuously being set and broken; the average may sometimes be high or low. I’ve been working as hard as I can to keep up my strong performance “Sarfraz tacked on.

I don’t have any life objectives; all I want to do is score runs in every game and do what I’ve been practicing on the field, he said.