The omission of prolific scorer Sarfaraz Khan from the India team for the first two Test matches against Australia has caused a stir on social media in recent days.
Many believe that considering his stellar performance in domestic cricket over the previous three years, selecting the 25-year-old was a no-brainer. The Sarfaraz has scored 3380 runs at an astounding average of 80.47 in 36 first-class games. The star batter from Mumbai has been unstoppable over the last three Ranji seasons.
During the last Ranji Trophy final in Bangalore last year, Sarfaraz Khan spoke with members of the Indian selection committee, and was promised, “You’ll get your opportunity in Bangladesh.” At the time, Bangladesh was India’s next Test assignment.
Sarfaraz had been blasting runs against Ranji’s attacks throughout the previous three seasons of India’s premier domestic competition. When the decision-makers recently met together to finalise the squad for the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March, the Mumbaikar wasn’t chosen for the Test squad, bringing attention to that chat with the selectors.
Sarfaraz India test cap drought
Sarfaraz Khan has unmatched prowess in the Ranji Trophy, but he hasn’t received the necessary India call-up for the upcoming Test matches against Australia in Nagpur and Delhi. Now, the player has admitted that he was promised the same thing for the two Test matches that took place in December.
“During the Ranji Trophy final at Bangalore, when I scored a century, I met the selectors. I was told that ‘you’ll get your opportunity in Bangladesh. Be ready for that,” Sarfaraz Khan revealed in an interview with the Times of India.
“Recently, I met Chetan Sharma sir (chief selector) while we were checking in at the hotel in Mumbai. He asked me not to feel disheartened, and that my time will come. Good things take time to happen. You’re very close (to an India berth). You’ll get your chance. So, when I played another important knock, I had expectations. But it’s alright,” he added.