Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed Indian selectors for ignoring Sarfaraz Khan for the first two Tests against Australia. Kaneria reckons that no one in Team India is as consistent as Sarfaraz at the moment. He feels that ignorance can affect Sarfaraz’s game.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Kaneria said:
“If you don’t bring him now, then when? I don’t think anyone has a better form than Sarfaraz currently, even in the Indian team. He will get disheartened if you don’t raise his confidence or spirits. Keep an eye on him.”
So far this season, Sarfaraz has amassed 556 runs in six first-class games for Mumbai at an average of 92.66, including three centuries. He scored 125 runs in his last game.
Last season, the 25-year-old scored 982 runs in six FC games at an average of 122.75, including four hundred. In the preceding season, he scored 928 runs in six FC games at an average of 154.67, including three tons.
“He should be part of the squad” – Danish Kaneria on Sarfaraz Khan
Kaneria feels that the selectors could have at least named Sarfaraz Khan in the T20I squad in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to boost his morale.
“Sarfaraz Khan, who has scored well in domestic cricket, is being ignored. He should be part of the squad. If you don’t give these players a chance, it’s not right (zyati). He is scripting record after record and making lots of runs.”
Sridharan Sharath, national selector, in a recent conversation with Sportstar confirmed that Sarfaraz Khan did not fit into their squad, but he is on the radar.
"He is certainly on our radar. In due course, he will get his due. While picking the team, we have to consider things like composition and balance.”
India’s squad for the first two Tests against Australia: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Rohit Sharma and Co. will play their first Test against Australia in Nagpur, starting February 9.
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