INDIA: Sarfaraz Khan’s situation has been puzzling, given he is arguably the best batter in domestic cricket right now.
Despite his consistent batsmanship, Sarfaraz remains “in the scheme of things” and will not be included in India’s Test team.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav were chosen when the Indian team for the first two Test matches against Australia was announced, but Sarfaraz, the team’s “run machine,” was left off.
A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector has spoken out regarding the batter’s absence as the Indian cricket community continues to speculate about the cause.
National selector Sridharan Sharath discussed Sarfaraz’s absence when asked about the Indian batting lineup.
Sharath commended the current team’s veterans and upcoming players, including Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma.
“Kohli is still capable of winning games. Batting stability is improved by Cheteshwar Pujara. The player and leader Rohit Sharma is outstanding. Shreyas Iyer continues to be trustworthy. K.L. Rahul and Shubhman Gill were talented individuals,” he stated.
Sarfaraz’s absence was attributed to “composition and balance”, according to Sharat when questioned about it.
“He’s unquestionably on our radar. He’ll receive what he deserves in due time. We must take team selection factors like composition and balance into account,” he stated.
Only the team for the first two Tests against Australia has been revealed by the selection committee. In due course, the team for the final two games will be chosen.
Sarfaraz might not have been selected for the series’ opening two games, but he might get his chance in the remaining contests.
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