The Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the team for the first two Test matches of the four-match Test series to be played against Australia late on Friday night. There are some new faces in this team. While Suryakumar Yadav has been rewarded for his consistent performance, Ishan Kishan has benefited from Rishabh Pant’s injury. But there is one player who could not make a place in the team even after scoring runs continuously or in other words even after scoring runs continuously. This player is Sarfaraz Khan.
Sarfaraz has been knocking on the doors of Team India continuously for the past few months. He has been scoring runs in domestic cricket for two-three years but still the attention of the selectors is not going on him. If Sarfaraz’s domestic cricket figures are seen, then one would be surprised, but perhaps his figures are not the criteria for selection.
doing amazing for 3 years
Sarfaraz has not been scoring runs for a year or two. He has been scoring runs in domestic cricket for three consecutive years. In the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season, this batsman scored 928 runs in six matches. During this, his average was 154.66. Three centuries and two half-centuries came out of his bat. Last season he was the highest run scorer in Ranji Trophy. In the 2021-22 season, he scored 982 runs in six matches at an average of 122.75. Which included four centuries and two half-centuries. On the basis of his performance, Mumbai made it to the finals but could not win the team.
This season too, his bat is going strong. An unbeaten 126 runs came out of his bat against Hyderabad. He played an inning of 75 runs against Saurashtra. Against Tamil Nadu, he again showed the power of his bat and scored 162 runs.
Don Bradman is compared
Sarfaraz Khan’s name is taken along with the great Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman. If Sarfaraz’s first class average is seen so far, it is 80.47. He is second in terms of best first class average in the entire cricket world. Bradman is at number one with an average of 95.14. Sarfaraz has scored 3380 runs in 36 first class matches. During this, 12 centuries and nine half-centuries have come out of his bat.
After seeing these figures no one would doubt Sarfaraz’s talent. He needs to play at international level so that he can prove himself but the selectors are ignoring his performance.
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