Former Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed returned to the country’s Test squad after an eight-year hiatus and stunned the cricket world with his heroic batting. He failed to touch triple-digit scores in the First Test as he was dismissed for 86 and 78 in the second innings of the First Test against New Zealand. However, in the second match, Sarfaraz finally broke the drought of the century, reaching his fourth landmark in the game’s longest format. As soon as the Sarfaraz reached the milestone, he held an ecstatic celebration, hitting the air as well as the ground.
A few months ago, Sarafraz’s chances of playing for the Pakistan national team again were deemed over and thrashed. However, a change in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saw Najam Sethi as chairman, Shahid Afridi as chief selector, and Sarfaraz also returned.
With Pakistan scoring 80 runs on five downs, it was Sarfaraz who was responsible for pulling one end together and guiding his team to safety. The veteran cricketer not only saved the wicket from falling, but scored at a pace that kept the hosts hopes of winning the match.
Fans throughout the stadium went wild as Sarfaraz played their first century in their home stadium, Karachi. Here’s the video:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 6, 2023
Even one of his family members in the stands seemed to shed tears as the veteran cricketer achieved an elusive triple-figure score at his home stadium.
Sarfaraz marks the test century eight years later.
Moments at NSK
his wife is crying pic.twitter.com/G2aVDO9ib2
— Imran Siddique (@imransiddique89) January 6, 2023
Early in the match, Sarfaraz became the second Pakistani wicketkeeper to score 6000 runs in international cricket. He returned to the team’s Test side after his four-year hiatus. In fact, it was the first time Sarfaraz played his series in Test in Pakistan.
It should also be noted that Sarfaraz is the top runs scorer as a wicketkeeper, scoring around 3000 runs in the game’s longest format.
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