January 6, 2014

Indian cricket

Mumbai batting's next generation

The freakish batting feats of Sarfaraz Khan, Armaan Jaffer and Prithvi Shaw - all 16 or younger - have earmarked them as the next big stars of Mumbai cricket. Wisden India's Sidhanta Patnaik charts their rise.

It has not been an easy ride for Sarfaraz. In 2011, he was accused of being overaged in an inter-school game and Naushad had to run from pillar to post to prove the allegation wrong. He then took the help of a psychiatrist to re-energise his son. Not long after that, Sarfaraz was sent back from the BCCI's batting camp at the Bandra Kurla Complex because of disciplinary issues. Naushad rationalised the past as a learning curve. "Some nights, I make Sarfaraz sleep without food to make him realise how lucky he is, and on days I make him take the train to the ground instead of his bike," says Naushad. "Till you don't experience hunger, you will not know what it is. If you want to make it big, then at an early age you need to know that life is not all about money and fame."

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