“Scoring At An Average of 100”, Sunil Gavaskar Backs Sarfaraz Khan

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar backs Sarfaraz Khan and slams the Indian selection committee for not picking him up in the India squad for the West Indies tour.

Sunil Gavaskar Backs Sarfaraz Khan

Ahead of the much-awaited West Indies vs India 2023 series, BCCI announced the squad details yesterday. Right after the India squad announcement, plenty of chatters start to flow across the team selection.

Following the India squad announcement, Gavaskar slammed the selection committee for overlooking Sarfaraz’s domestic performances, even advising the batter to stop playing Ranji Trophy.

In a chat on IT, a bemused Gavaskar admitted that he doesn’t know what else Sarfaraz needs to do in order to be picked for the Indian national team.

Sunil Gavaskar

“Sarfaraz Khan has been scoring at an average of 100 in all past three seasons. What does he have to do to be picked in the squad? He might not be in the XI, but you pick him in the team.”

“Tell him that his performances are being recognized. Otherwise, stop playing Ranji Trophy. Say, it’s of no use, you just play IPL and think you are good enough for the red ball game as well,” he added.

In his First Class career, Sarfaraz has scored 3505 runs in 37 first-class matches at an average of 79.65, including 13 centuries. There aren’t many players in the history of First Class cricket in India who have been as impressive with the bat. Yet, Sarfaraz continues to be snubbed.

India’s Test squad

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Navdeep Saini.

India’s ODI squad

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.