INDIA: Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, criticised the Chetan Sharma-led All India Selection Committee for neglecting Sarfaraz Khan, who is having a strong domestic season.
In the ongoing Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Delhi’s first innings, Sarfaraz scored yet another century.
Despite Sarfaraz’s strong batting performance in the domestic circuit, several present and past cricketers have expressed their dismay over his exclusion from the team.
Sunil Gavaskar supports Sarfaraz Khan for his strong batting performance
Gavaskar then backed up the effective batter by advising the selectors to choose models if they want “slim and trim guys.”
Gavaskar added, “When he scores hundreds of points, he returns to the field instead of staying there. Everything suggests that the man is suitable for cricket.”
“You might as well choose a few models from a fashion show, give them a bat and ball, and then include them if you’re only interested in athletic, lean men. There are many different shapes and sizes of cricket players. Instead of focusing on the size, consider the runs and wickets,” he concluded.
Earlier, Sarfaraz had said that he had sobbed after learning he would not play in India’s opening two Test matches against Australia.
“I had a terrible day when the team was announced and my name wasn’t on it. I also felt a great deal of loneliness when travelling from Guwahati to Delhi. I also cried,” Sarfaraz stated.
The cricketer then asked his father for assistance. “In Delhi, I contacted my father. I trained with him and felt better after he spoke to me,” Sarfaraz added.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is anticipated to release the squad for the final two matches in due time. India is set to play Australia in a 4-match Test series.
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