January 6, 2023
In the second game of the series against New Zealand, Sarfaraz Ahmed, who had been out of the Pakistan Test team for 4 years, finally returned and received his first Test hundred in 8 years.
After an eight-year absence from the Pakistan Test team, former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed surprised the cricket world with his batting power. After being removed for 86 and 78 in the first two innings of the Test against New Zealand, he failed to reach the three-digit mark. Ultimately, however, Sarfaraz ended the drought of the century in game two and accomplished the feat for the fourth time during the longest game format. Sarfaraz produced a boisterous cheer, hitting the ground and the air as soon as he reached the goal.
A few months ago it was believed that Sarafraz would never play for Pakistan again. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) underwent a transformation with the entry of Shahid Afridi as top selector and Najam Sethi as chairperson. Sarfaraz also celebrated his comeback.
It was Sarfaraz’s responsibility to keep the squad together and safe after Pakistan fell 5 points behind in 80 runs. The experienced bowler did more than stop wickets from falling; He also scored runs fast enough to keep the hosts’ chances of victory alive.
As Sarfaraz ended his century in his native Karachi, fans exploded throughout the stadium.
Even one of his close relatives, who was in the crowd, appeared to have burst into tears as he watched the veteran batsman score the coveted triple-digit score at his home stadium.
Sarfaraz became the second Pakistani wicketkeeper to reach 6000 runs in international cricket earlier in the game. He was back in the team’s Test lineup after a 4-year hiatus. In fact, Sarfaraz took part in its first series of tests in Pakistan.
It’s also worth noting that Sarfaraz, who has amassed over 3,000 runs in the game’s longest format, leads all wicketkeepers in runs scored.