Monumental Debut: Sarfaraz Khan’s Half-century Equals Post-Independence National Record

Team India is playing against England for the third time in a five-match test series in Rajkot. The opening day of the test match was dominated by the home team, as they made over 300 runs with five wickets still left in hand.

However, one of the most talked-about things about the third test match was the debut of India’s middle-order batsman, Sarfraz Khan, who finally made it to the Indian team after scoring tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket.

The stylish batter had a phenomenal start to his international cricket career as he made an elegant 62 before getting dismissed by an unfortunate runout after a miscommunication with Ravindra Jadeja.

However, before the runout, Sarfraz Khan notched up a masterful half-century with just 48 balls. With this innings, Sarfraz equaled the national record for the fastest half-century by an Indian debutant in a test.

Before Sarfaraz Khan, it was Hardik Pandya who notched up a 48-ball test half-century in his debut test match against Sri Lanka in 2017. The fattest half-century by an Indian debutant is registered in the name of Yuvaraj of Patala, who scored a half-century in 52 balls in the year 1934.

Sarfraz Khan scored a brilliant 62 of 66 deliveries, which included nine fours and one six. Apart from Sarfraz Khan,it was Skipper Rohit Sharma (131) and Ravindra Jadeja (110*) who scored their hundreds and propelled India into a commanding position on day one with a score of 326/5.

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