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'He Told Me To...,’ Musheer Khan On Sarfaraz Khan's Advice Ahead of Semi-Final vs SA

image-lsa50bn5Musheer Khan & Sarfaraz Khan (X.com)

India U-19 all-rounder Musheer Khan has shared the advice given to him by his elder brother Sarfaraz before the U-19 World Cup 2024. Musheer disclosed that Sarfaraz emphasized playing with utmost dedication, highlighting the unparalleled honor of representing the country.

Musheer has emerged as a standout performer in India's dominant run in the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup 2024, with most runs in the tournament to his name- 344 runs in five matches.

Throughout the tournament, Musheer has shown his class and ability to play long innings with two centuries already to his name, notably against Ireland and New Zealand. He stands as the sole cricketer to achieve the feat of scoring more than one century in the competition.

Hailing from a family known for its cricketing excellence, Musheer's elder brother Sarfaraz had previously participated in the U-19 World Cup in 2014 and 2016, drawing attention for his unconventional shot-making skills.

In a conversation with the ICC, Musheer fondly recalled the encouraging words shared by elder brother Sarfaraz before the start of India's U-19 World Cup 2024 campaign.

“The first thing he told me [before the U19 World Cup] was that there is no bigger pride than playing for India. He told me to enjoy myself on the field and whenever I get a chance – be it with the bat or ball – you have to pull the team up in any situation and win the game,” the all-rounder said. He told me to play with all my heart because you are representing the country. I have learnt a lot from Sarfaraz - right from how he bats to how he is always thinking about winning the game for his team to how he builds his innings,”  said Musheer Khan.

Musheer sets eyes on the ultimate price

In the ongoing tournament, Musheer has become only the second Indian batter, after Shikhar Dhawan, to achieve the milestone of scoring two or more centuries in the U-19 World Cup. Despite his individual achievements, the 18-year-old remains steadfast in his focus on securing victory in the World Cup.

Expressing his sentiments, Musheer said, 

"I am content with my performances, but my satisfaction hinges on us winning the World Cup. Regarding being the highest run-scorer, I prefer not to dwell on it."

An undefeated Indian team is set to face hosts South Africa on February 6 in the semi-final clash scheduled in Benoni. Musheer will look to score big and propel his team to the final in the upcoming match as India takes on a formidable South African side in the first semi-final on Tuesday, February 6.