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Cricket'I have played with Sarfaraz's father': Rohit Sharma's revelation, says Test Cap belongs to him as well

Srinagar: Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has hailed the youngsters who recently made Tesr debut for India and said that he enjoys working with youngsters.

In absence of some big stars, the five-Test home series vs England saw five youngsters — Rajat Patidar, Dhruv Jurel, Sarfaraz Khan, Akash Deep and Devdutt Padikkal — make their debut.

“Personally, mujhe inke saath kaam karke bahut maza aya. Jitne bhi young ladke the… sabkaafi chulbule the. (I really loved playing with them. All of them are very mischievous),” Rohit said on his Instagram handle “Team Ro”.

“I knew most of them well and what their strengths are and how they want to play the game. It was just for me to give them the comfort by talking about how good they are and the good things they have done in the past. The way they responded to me and Rahul bhai (coach Rahul Dravid) was superb.” Moved by the youngster’s stories and the emotions surrounding it, Rohit said he was “lost in their debuts”.

“I was lost in the debut of all these boys. Their parents were also there, there were a lot of emotions. I really enjoyed seeing their debuts.”

The India skipper cited the example of Sarfaraz Khan, saying he had seen his journey, having played against his father as a youngster.

“I was just lost in their debuts. I was enjoying their debuts so much because their parents were there. There was so much emotion. I have played with Sarfaraz’s father in Kanga league when I was very young.

“His father was a left handed batter. He was an aggressive player and very well known in Mumbai cricket circles. I wanted to acknowledge his effort and hard work that had paid off with his son playing for India. I just wanted to tell him that his son’s Test cap belongs as much to him as his son,” Rohit said.

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