Emotional Sarfaraz Khan struggled to hold back tears after his hundredth when he suddenly roared, hit himself on the thigh and raised his index finger towards the sky. Tears were for his father, the godfather in his life; the pump was for the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala.
It is as if Sarfraz invoked Moosewale’s famous poem entitled 295, which reads as follows: “Bhavein Aukhi Hoyi Ae Crowd Tere Te / Bolde Ne Aivein Saale Loud Tere Te / Par Ik Gall Rakhi Yaad Puttra / Aaha Bapu Tera Bada Aa Proud Tere Te”
The meaning could not have suited Sarfraz’s life better. “Even if the crowd is mad at you / They shout it out loud / But one thing you remember, son / That your father is very proud of you.” In the video of the song, shortly after these verses, Moosewala raises his index finger to the sky. Behind him, on the tractor from which he jumps, lines are drawn: Thug Life. During his funeral, after he was shot dead, his father celebrated the hip pump. A few days later, in New York’s Times Square, footage of them appearing on billboards, and his fans gathered in front, making that same celebration.
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Far away, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Sarfaraz would pay tribute to the singer, after knocking down a special tone in Ranji’s final against Madhya Pradesh. He will later dedicate the hundred to Sidhu Moosewali. Khan said he had listened to Moosewal for the past four years, but it was his last song that brought him closer to the singer.
“His song was played during the celebrations in our locker room. He was in trend a few years ago and someone was playing his songs. I’ve liked it ever since. However, his last poem 295 which says, Par ikk gal rakhi meri yaad puttra. Aah baapu tera barha aa proud tere te, this line touched me a lot. This line is my story, ”Khan said.
Khan’s father Naushad has always dreamed that his son would one day gain a big name. His father made sure that Sarfaraz and his younger brother Musheer went out to the maidaans in Mumbai, so that one day they could represent the country.
Khan said he had performed that special celebration before. “When I scored 153 in one game of the Early Trophy, I celebrated the same thing then, but the broadcasters didn’t show it. At that time, everyone saw it, so people started referring to it. ” His friend and teammate Hardik Tamore are regular listeners to the Moosewal song.
Khan also shared his emotions when he heard the singer was killed. “I was completely restored. I felt a void within me because he was a part of our lives unconsciously. Hardik Tamore and I often played his song in the locker room and we still do. But the relationship progressed after his death. “