Sarfaraz Khan Ties Hardik Pandya’s Record in His First Test Match, Becomes…

Sarfaraz Khan Ties Hardik Pandya's Record in His First Test Match
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IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: Sarfaraz Khan quickly scored his first fifty for India in his first Test match, using just 48 balls against England. This made him the fastest Indian to score fifty on debut in a Test match. He matched a 7-year-old record set by Hardik Pandya against Sri Lanka in 2017 at Galle.

India is playing against England in the third Test match of the series, which includes five matches, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. It was a special day for Sarfaraz Khan as he was given his first chance to play in a Test match. The Mumbai player took full advantage of this chance and broke a 7-year-old record previously held by Hardik Pandya.

Sarfaraz Khan scored his first fifty for India on his first Test match in just 48 balls against England, making it the quickest fifty by an Indian debutant since the country became independent. This achievement matched Hardik Pandya’s record from 2017, where he scored a fifty in 49 balls against Sri Lanka on his Test debut.

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The Indians with the fastest fifties since independence are:

  • 48 balls – Hardik Pandya vs SL, 2017
  • 48 balls – Sarfaraz Khan vs ENG, 2024
  • 50 balls – Shikhar Dhawan vs AUS, 2013
  • 56 balls – Prithvi Shaw vs WI, 2018

Sarfaraz Khan played exceptionally in his debut Test for India against England. In just 66 balls, he made 62 runs including 9 fours and a six. He looked set to score even more but was run out at the non-striker’s end due to a mistake from Ravindra Jadeja.

India had a tough start on the first day of the third Test, losing the first three wickets for just 33 runs. Then, captain Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja took charge, building over a 200-run partnership. Rohit was out at 131, while Jadeja also hit a century by the day’s end and joined the elite group of Indians who have scored more than 3000 runs and taken over 200 wickets in Tests.

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