Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar. (Photo: BCCI)

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has asked for Sarfaraz Khan to be included in the Indian side, claiming that the selectors’ failure to notice Mumbai’s batter’s quality had astonished him.

Sarfaraz has 704 runs at a high average of 140.80 in five innings of the Ranji Trophy’s 2021/22 season, with scores of 275, 63, 48, 165, and 153. Since returning to the Mumbai jersey for the 2019/20 season, the right-hander has racked up 928 runs in nine innings at an average of 154.66 in India’s highest first-class league.

Mumbai player Sarfaraz Khan. Photo-Screengrab
Mumbai player Sarfaraz Khan. Photo-Screengrab

Sarfaraz Khan Should Have Been Playing For India By Now: Dilip Vengsarkar

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

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

Sarfaraz is a batter who can play for a long time and has the ability to win matches consistently, according to Vengsarkar, who gave a youthful Virat Kohli his maiden break in international cricket as the head of the selection committee.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan. Image: Twitter

“I have seen him since he was 12. He is a street-smart cricketer. He is always hungry for success. He is very fit and the most important thing is that he can play long innings. He has the ability to win matches, which is very rare in batsmen.

“He has scored runs against pace, against spin. So what else can he do? He is scoring runs consistently. Once he hits the fourth gear, he is a treat to watch.

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

Sarfaraz may have to wait for the India cap as India is not scheduled to play a lot of Test matches in the coming days.

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