At the age of 17, Sarfaraz Khan became the youngest cricketer to get selected to the playing eleven of an IPL team. He did not let his buyers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, down in any manner and played some heroic innings during last year’s edition of IPL.

Khan's innings last night at Chinnaswamy Stadium during RCB's opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad was a treat for the eyes. He blasted the ace Indian bowler Bhuvaneshvar Kumar for 22 runs off 5 balls, scoring a total 35 off 10 deliveries, a strike rate of 350.

In the words of Shane Warne, “He is an incredible young man and there is no doubt that he has worked extremely hard to get all kinds of shots right. The control over shots he has... never seen before for a young talent like him. It shows he has practised hell of a lot, and we saw this tonight.”

Sarfaraz's unbeaten 35 left the opposition panting and took the team's total beyond 200 mark. His innovative style of playing from behind the square left the audience astonished.  

With his hard hitting batting, combined with childlike looks, Sarfaraz has won the hearts of his fellow teammates. Chris Gayle, the senior pro said, “He's too young and he's like a son to me.”

These words coming from the greats of the game should boost up his confidence and we might witness further swashbuckling exhibition of stroke play from the Young Turk.

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