New Delhi, April 13: After Indian batsman Sarfaraz Khan smashed 35 runs off just 10 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes, to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 200-plus total against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday in the Indian Premier League, he has gained many new supporters and fans.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson also got impressed with the young Indian batsman and said he is an incredible batsman with amazing control over his shots.
While they have some swashbuckling batsmen in Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson, they also have Sarfaraz Khan, who played a stupendous cameo against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the team's opening encounter.
Reacting to Sarfaraz's 10-ball 35, Gayle also showered praise on him and said that Sarfaraz is like a son to me.
"We get along well. Sarfaraz keeps texting me and the way he played today was fantastic. He's too young and he's like a son to me. He's definitely one for the future and one must keep an eye on him," Gayle was quoted as saying in a Zeenews report.
Even Watson praised him and said, "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 him this tonight."
"What I saw tonight is as good as batting I have ever seen. He didn't look like taking risk at all in his entire innings. One shot he played off the backfoot for a six is an incredible shot to play, and he does it with so much of ease is really a pleasure to watch. He executes his shots incredibly well," Watson further said.
Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers shared a breathtaking 157-run stand off 87 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a comfortable 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match of the Indian Premier League in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
(With inputs from agencies)