This is really a very touching gesture of gratitude shown by 17 years old Indian cricketer Sarafraz Khan, who was recently bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs. 50 lakh only yesterday in the auction of IPL.
Sarfaraz will gainfully utilize the money for a good cause and would buy a new vehicle for his dad who had an accident in 2010. He would purchase a car, preferably a SUV, for his father, Naushad as soon as Sarfaraz gets the cheque so that his dad can travel safely.
Sarfaraz happens to be just 17 years old, and is the youngest player to enter the IPL auction. He does not intend to show off the new car but only to ensure that his father remains safe. Confirming this he stated "My father was critically injured in an accident in 2010. He fractured his right shoulder and had to be operated upon. I was scared for him. I had thought then that whenever I make some money, I will buy a car for him. I tried in between to save some money, but it wasn't sufficient. I plan on buying an SUV for him now."
It is worthwhile to mention that Sarfaraz was a key member of U-19 World Cup squad and made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai this season only.
Sarfaraz's father, a native of Mumbai suburb, who is also a cricket coach, used to ride on his motorbike from their Kurla residence to Azad Maidan daily to take his two sons Sarfaraz and Musheer for practice sessions. This journey was not safe as three people were on a single bike and the weight of the cricket kits also made the journey dangerous. This, in my opinion, is the height of the commitment of this family for the game.
Elaborating on his experience on those journeys, Sarfaraz added "I know it is very dangerous to commute like this, but trains are not safe either. There was no other option to reach for practice sessions on time. And after the accident, there is constant pain in my father's knees. I wanted to provide him a comfortable mode of travelling."
Hats off to this extreme determination, love, and courage displayed by the father and the son.