‘My name is not in IPL, my father told me to play Test cricket for India’: Sarfaraz Khan’s brother Musheer | Cricket

Sarfaraz Khan’s brother Musheer Khan, player of the match in the Ranji Trophy final, does not have an IPL contract. But just like his brother, who recently made his Test debut against England and performed well, Musheer is not disappointed at all. He wants to emulate his brother and succeed for India at the Test level.

India’s Musheer Khan (left) runs between the wickets during the 2024 U19 World Cup (AFP)

Musheer19-year-old said an IPL contract will come eventually, but for now he is focused on laying good foundations.

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“My name is not in the IPL. But I don’t feel disappointed. My father tells me to play Test cricket and play for the Indian team. initial loading It will happen eventually, if not today, then tomorrow,” Musheer told PTI, recalling the words of his father and training coach Naushad.

“It’s good to have one more year to prepare for the IPL. I will understand T20 cricket better and how I should prepare for this format,” Musheer said.

The right-hander, who is also a handy left-arm spinner, would not have made a return to first-class cricket after two seasons if senior batter Shreyas Iyer had not pulled out of the quarter-finals due to injury in the back. Playing his first Ranji Trophy match since 2022 and that too in the quarter-final, Musheer took full advantage of the big stage. He turned his maiden century into a double hundred as Mumbai found themselves in a tricky situation.

Musheer followed that knock with a half-century against Tamil Nadu in the semi-final. In the final against Vidarbha, he slammed 136 in the second innings, helping Mumbai set a massive target of 538. This ultimately helped Mumbai clinch their record 42nd title in the Ranji Trophy.

“Truly inspired by my brother Sarfaraz”: Musheer

Naturally, Musheer took inspiration from his elder brother. Sarfarazwho made his India debut in the third Test against England in Rajkot last month. “I am really inspired by my brother because of his dedication and the way he bats. Our batting style is similar. He told me before the match (Ranji final) to treat it as a normal match and to Don’t take too much pressure.”

“From the outside it may look like a normal match, but on the pitch we feel pressure. He told me to support my skills and follow the process,” he added. Musheer, who was also the top scorer in the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year with two hundreds, was very happy after Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy triumph after a gap of eight years.

“It is a matter of pride that we have won 42 titles. Many great players have played here (for Mumbai). I am very proud to have played for Mumbai and won a championship.” I would also like to thank the Mumbai Cricket Association ( MCA) and congratulate them as they have given us a lot of support. I hope they continue to support us in the same way,” he said.

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