Musheer Khan, the rising star in India's U-19 World Cup campaign, attributes much of his success to his elder brother, Sarfaraz Khan. Musheer's cricketing approach mirrors that of Sarfaraz, from his batting style to his unwavering determination to secure victories. The younger Khan is currently leading the run-scoring in the tournament with an impressive 334 runs in five games.
While speaking with the Apex Cricket Council, Musheer acknowledges the contributions made by Sarfaraz in framing his career. Drawing inspiration from Sarfaraz Musheer, he reveals that his brother's advice revolves around enjoying the game and representing the country with pride.
He said, “I have learned a lot from Sarfaraz—right from how he bats to how he is always thinking about winning the game for his team to how he builds his innings. Even as he was knocking on the doors of the Indian team, his focus was always on scoring runs and the process without worrying about the result. My focus too is on the process.”
“The first thing he told me (before the U19 World Cup) was that there is no bigger pride than playing for India. He told me to enjoy myself on the field, and whenever I get a chance—be it with the bat or ball—I have to pull the team up in any situation and win the game. He told me to play with all my heart because you are representing the country.”
“I won't be satisfied until we win," says Musheer Khan
As India gears up for the U-19 World Cup semifinal against South Africa, Musheer remains steadfast in prioritising team achievements over personal accolades. Despite his remarkable individual performances, including two centuries against Ireland and New Zealand, Musheer expresses that true satisfaction will only come with lifting the World Cup trophy. His singular focus on the team's success reflects a shared commitment within the squad to pursue the ultimate goal of becoming champions.
“I am happy with my performances, but I won't be satisfied until we win the World Cup,” Musheer said. “As far as being the highest run-getter, I don't want to think about it. Since we started playing the tournament, it was only about winning the World Cup, and that's what we are focusing on. I only want to do well for the team and take the results as they come," he further added.
With unwavering dedication and inspiration drawn from his brother Sarfaraz, Musheer Khan emerges as a vital force in India's pursuit of U-19 World Cup glory, reinforcing the ethos of playing for the country with pride and passion.