Destructive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was all praise for his young Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate Sarfaraz Khan, who he feels is one of the future stars to watch out for.
Royal Challengers Bangalore started their IPL season nine campaign with bang on Tuesday scoring a massive 227 for 4 in 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
“Not a bad one from the team’s point of view. The action was superb. AB and Virat put up a fantastic stand and credit must go to Sarfaraz,” Gayle said after RCB’s innings.
“It’s a great team effort to get to that total,” he added.
Despite the early loss of Gayle (1) in the second over, AB De Villiers (82) and skipper Virat Kohli (75) hit fifties, while helping themselves to generous boundaries, to set the foundation for a big score.
However, it was young India batsman Sarfaraz who blasted unbeaten 35 off just 10 deliveries to set the tempo towards the end.
Entering after the fall of Shane Watson in the 18th over, Sarfaraz smashed 4 fours and a six Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 19th over to send the home crowd into a frenzy.
The 18-year-old continued his marauding stroke-play in the final over too, hitting Bangladesh fast blower Mustafizur Rahman for a six and four to take RCB to the final big total.
On his camaraderie with Sarfaraz, Gayle said: “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,” he concluded.