A video is doing the rounds on social media of 2017 Pakistan Champions Trophy winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed being bowled by his son Abdullah while playing street cricket in Pakistan. Sarfaraz led Pakistan to their first ICC trophy in nearly a decade with the win over India at Lord’s in 2017, but would soon be criticized for his captaincy and performance after Pakistan failed to qualify for the group stage of the 2019 World Cup.
Sarfaraz then lost his spot on the team to Mohammed Rizwan and was not part of the outfit that reached the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup, beating India by 10 wickets. Sarfaraz has revealed in the past that he does not want Abdullah to play cricket because of the enormous control and pressure that comes with it at the highest level.
“Abdullah has a passion for cricket. But I don’t want him to become a cricketer,” Sarfaraz said during an interview on a local channel. “As a cricketer I’ve been through a lot of things that I don’t want Abdullah to see. It’s human nature. As a cricketer I want my brother or son to be selected immediately. Otherwise it hurts.”
However, Abdullah reportedly has a huge interest in cricket and enjoys the sport, and likes to play as a fast bowler. Even at his young age, he showed his skills when he delivered a perfect one-inch yorker to his father, knocking over the crates used as stumps in the game of street cricket.
In the video, the father and son duo can be seen surrounded by a large crowd of fans and supporters who cheer as Abdullah’s Yorker sneaks under Sarfaraz’s bat. Sarfaraz’s proud father can’t help but smile as he is outsmarted by his son.
Sarfaraz made his final appearance in a T20I on the Bangladesh tour in November 2021, and final ODI appearance in April 2021 at Centurion against South Africa. He captained the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League this season, finishing fifth in the standings.
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