Mumbai cricketer Sarfaraz Khan on Wednesday became the youngest cricketer to play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). The 17-year-old turned up for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The right-handed batsman at 17 years and 177 days beat the record set by Delhi seamer Pradeep Sangwan, who made his IPL debut at the age of 17 years and 179 days in 2008. Sarfaraz was also the youngest player ever to come up for IPL auction in February, where he was picked up by the Bangalore-based franchise for Rs. 50 lakh.
In the match, Sarfaraz contributed 11 runs off seven balls which included a six in a losing cause. MS Dhoni’s CSK beat the Virat Kolhi-led RCB by 27 runs.
Known as one of the many hard-hitting Indian young batsmen, Sarfaraz played for the India Under-19 cricket team at the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Last week, the youngster was reported to have involved in a scuffle with Kolkata Knight Riders player Robin Uthappa during a IPL match at the Eden Grdens, Kolkata.