What an incredible run Sarfaraz Khan is having in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. The flamboyant batsman has scored a triple century and followed it up with a double century in the previous game to etch his name in the record book. Now, once again, he finds a place in the list of legends after scoring 78 against Saurashtra on the 1st day of Group B encounter.
Though he missed a century, the overall tally of Sarfaraz before being dismissed in the last three games is 605, which eventually gave him a place in the elite list of the batsmen, who scored the most number of runs between two dismissals.
During the course, he surpassed VVS Laxman but failed to overtake Subramanium Badrinath, who scored 625 runs.
The overall first-class record belongs to another Indian KC Ibrahim, who had scored 709 runs between dismissals in 1947-48.
Apart from Ibrahim, Graeme Hick (645), Vijay Merchant (634), Patsy Hendren (630), S Badrinath (625) and Pankaj Dharmani (608) lie above Sarfaraz on the all-time list.
Here are the top batsmen on the impressive list including Sarfaraz Khan:
709 KC Ibrahim 1947/48
645 GA Hick 1990
634 VM Merchant 1941/42
630 EH Hendren 1929/30
625 S Badrinath 2007/08
608 P Dharmani 1999/00
605 SN Khan 2019/20
575 ED Weekes 1950
558 F Jakeman 1951
545 RB Simpson 1959/60
538 VVS Laxman 1997/98
530 VVS Laxman 1999/00
Last month, Sarfaraz became only the 2nd Indian player after Tamil Nadu’s WV Raman to follow up a first-class triple hundred with a double hundred. Raman had achieved the feat with scores of 313 and 200 not out in 1989.
Notably, Sarfaraz had become only the 7th Mumbai batsman to hit a triple hundred in Ranji Trophy in January. He joined an elite list of Mumbai batsmen that include Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Merchant and Ajit Wadekar.
Sarfaraz’s innings included nine fours and two towering sixes as he helped Mumbai recover from 88/4 to 197/4 before getting out. All in all, Sarfaraz is having a tremendous season under his belt for Mumbai.