The Indian selection committee has set certain benchmarks with regard to fitness such that the players who represent the team extend their dominance in the longer run. The players who clear the fitness tests are the ones who will be taken into consideration for the international assignments.
Recently, Mumbai cricketer Sarfaraz Khan felt upset after he was not selected for the two-match Test series against the Bangladesh cricket team. Sarfaraz Khan also recalled that he was promised that he would be selected for Bangladesh Tests after he scored a century in Ranji Trophy final.
As it turned out, the selection committee didn’t even consider him in the first place. Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India named the Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series.
Sarfaraz Khan was once again overlooked by the Indian selectors. The 25-year-old even said that he cleared the fitness test and the fans see no reason why he cannot be included in the Test squad.
Sunil Gavaskar takes a dig at the Indian selectors
Meanwhile, the former Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar launched a scathing attack on the selection panel for constantly ignoring the ever-so-talented cricketer Sarfaraz Khan despite the fact that the 25-year-old has been chipping in with performances time and time again in the domestic circuit.
The Mumbai-born cricketer boasts a very good record as far as first-class cricket is concerned. Having played 37 games, he scored 3505 runs at an average of 79.65 including 13 centuries and 9 half-centuries to his name.
Sunil Gavaskar, while speaking to India Today mentioned that Sarfaraz Khan is fit enough to play cricket. The Indian batting great further added that if the selection panel wants to pick only slim guys, then they should probably go to a fashion show and select models. The commentator didn’t shy away from making this bold statement as he went on to add stating that selection should be based on runs and not size.
— Siddharthan Uth Congress (@AustraliaSanghi) January 20, 2023
Wow. Will it be my dream to see gavaskar standing for a non mumbai player. Keeping this aside, what he said has a point too
— Tom Gravestone (@Whygravestone) January 20, 2023
Totally agree with SG's statement. That too against teams like Aus, Eng and NZ. They to do a homework on experienced players and figure their weakness. Indians need to spring new surprises for them. The greatest eg. was Gabba. 7/11 had not played more than 10 tests.
— sirprashm (@sirprashm) January 20, 2023
Yet no ex cricketer applied for chief selectors role
They just want things to change but can't be the change themselves
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) January 20, 2023
Most probably Shreyas will miss BGT due to fitness issue wouldn't be surprised if Sarfaraz plays in place of him else who knows Rahane might comeback
— Vivek Kamble (@VivekKa61998416) January 20, 2023
Absolutely right imagine same criteria being followed in 90's and early 20's then we would have never witnessed greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Inzamam ul Haq, and Chris Gayle.
— KhabriBhai (@RealKhabriBhai) January 20, 2023
Bro, who said Sachin is not fit?
Always carries a heavy bat, running btw the wickets, pushing 1s into 2s.. he may have not had abs or good physic but he was athletic..
— PrabhaTorres (@PrabhaElnino) January 20, 2023
I disagree, while the selection is deserved for Khan but if he midfields, drops a catch, give extra run or even miss a run out, these commentators are going to hold back?
— Biology of Cricket (@CricketBiology) January 20, 2023
I partially agree with gavaskar sir but In today's era in sports to be athlete u should have fit body why eng, kiwi, Aussies have fit player but we subcontinent teams have 90s mindset still u should have fit body to play the sports which is global sports
— Ashish Singh (@ravishfifa2020) January 20, 2023
So is it true that selectors not selecting him because of how he looks ? Heard he cleared yo yo test.. He has top class avg in first class. If not in playing 11, atleast he deserves to be in the squard.
— Rakesh | இராக்கேஷ் (@k_rakesh_tamil) January 20, 2023