Arguably the fittest batsman in the domestic cricket spectrum at the moment, the case of Safaraz Khan has been a curious one. Despite being relentless with the bat, Sarfaraz only remains “in the scheme of things” but is still too far from a place in India’s Test squad. When the India squad was named for the first two tests against Australia, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav were chosen, but ‘running machine’ Sarfaraz was snubbed. As the Indian cricketing fraternity continues to question the reason for the batsman’s absence, a selector from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has broken his silence on the matter.
in a withThe national selector, Sridharan Sharath, touched on the subject of Sarfaraz’s absence when asked about India’s batting unit.
Talking about the current unit, Sharath praised the veterans like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara as well as the younger stars.
“Kohli is still a match winner. Cheteshwar Pujara brings stability to batting. Rohit Sharma is an excellent leader and a terrific bat. Shreyas Iyer has been consistent. Shubhman Gill and KL Rahul have the genuine ability,” he said.
When asked about Sarfaraz, Sharat cited ‘composition and balance’ as the reason behind the young batsman’s exclusion.
“It’s certainly on our radar. In due time, you will get what you deserve. When choosing the team, we have to consider things like composition and balance,” she said.
The selection committee has only announced the squad for the first two Tests against Australia. The team for the remaining two matches will be chosen in due course. Sarfaraz may not have been picked for the first two games, but he could get a chance at him in the remaining games of the series.
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