25-year-old Sarfaraz Khan was snubbed from the Indian squads announced for the New Zealand and Australia series at home. Despite churning out runs consistently in domestic cricket, the middle-order batter was ignored by the BCCI as they named the Indian squad for the first two Tests against Australia. The Test series concludes the ongoing WTC 2021-23 cycle.
Suryakumar Yadav earned his maiden Test call-up while Prithvi Shaw after scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket has now earned an Indian call-up for the T20I series against New Zealand. However, given the current players in the current India setup, it is very unlikely that Shaw might get to play a single game in the series.
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There was a sense of disappointment from Sarfaraz Khan who in his recent interview with Times of India, spoke his heart out on his career so far and his India snub. Personally, he thought he was ready and had plenty of experience by now to play international cricket for India.
Sarfaraz’s first-class record is almost unmatched. In 36 games, the right-hander has scored 3380 runs at an incredible average of 80.47. He scored over 800 runs in the past three seasons- 928 runs in 6 games averaging 154.66, 982 runs in 6 games at an average of 122.75, and then 801 runs averaging 89.00 in the current edition so far.
The youngster said to TOI that he was promised to be included in the Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour but that did not happen. Now seeing Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw make it to the Indian team he admitted of being hurt and sad at the same time. However, he added saying that he will look for inspiration from Surya and Shaw and wait for his chance.
Hope Selectors Will Pick Me For The Next Two Tests Against Australia: Sarfaraz Khan
“See, even Prithvi didn’t have a good score in the last 2.5 years, but after one good knock, he’s in India’s T20 team. I’m hoping that in the coming days, the selectors will pick me for the next two Tests (against the Aussies) just like the way they picked Prithvi and Surya now. Like all budding cricketers, I too aspire to play for the country. I can see my dream ‘live’ Sarfaraz said.
The youngster concluded by saying that now that he has not been selected for the Indian team for the Australian series he would not think about it much as that would lead him into depression.
“I’m sure they had certain plans in mind when they picked the Indian team for the first two Tests (against Australia). Since it’s not in my hands, I don’t want to think too much about it, otherwise, I’ll go in depression,” Sarfaraz concluded saying.