‘Sarfaraz Khan should have played for India this time’

BENGALURU: In the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan scored the latest 153 against Uttarakhand in the quarter-finals and scored a massive run playing a part in the 41-time champions reaching the semi-finals. competition.

In five innings of the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy season, Sarfaraz has scored 704 runs at a high average of 140.80, with scores of 275, 63, 48, 165 and 153. The right-handed batsman has been in red-hot form. India’s premier first-class tournament since returning to the Mumbai jersey in the 2019/20 season, scoring 928 runs in nine innings at an average of 154.66.

now former India And Mumbai cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar called for Sarfaraz to be included in the Indian team and expressed surprise at not seeing the youngster in the national team despite truckloads of runs in domestic cricket.

“He should have played for India at this point. He has scored tons of runs every time (in Ranji Trophy). And if the selectors are still not convinced, I am really surprised.

“What else can he do to get into the Indian team? Every year, he has scored over 800 runs for Mumbai,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.

Vengsarkar, who had given a juvenile as chairman of the selection committee Virat Kohli His first break in international cricket, Sarfaraz seems to be a batsman who can play for long hours and has the ability to win matches consistently.

“I’ve seen him since the age of 12. He is a street-smart cricketer. He is always hungry for success. He is very fit and most importantly he can play long innings. He has the ability to win matches, which is very rare in batsmen. He has scored against spin, against pace. So what else can he do? He is scoring runs continuously. Once that hits 4th gear, it’s worth a look.

“He is an improviser. And you need someone to speed up the scoring rate. A batsman like him helps the team because he keeps the scoreboard moving all the time.”

Vengsarkar, who scored 6,868 runs in 116 Test matches with 17 centuries, called for the Duleep Trophy to re-enter India’s domestic cricket calendar and wants the prestigious tournament to be made mandatory for the participation of Indian Test players. Go. ,

“If they (the selectors) are not convinced (about Sarfaraz), what I would do is ask the BCCI to have the Duleep Trophy on a zonal basis, and make sure all the Test players are available to play. So that they can spot young talent against India’s best bowlers and batsmen.

“Now they have made the Duleep Trophy into red, blue and green teams, which is not the way forward. So re-zonalize the Duleep Trophy and bring in senior players for a month. They will give a great opportunity to the young players in Ranji Trophy to play against the best players in Duleep Trophy.

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