Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has criticized the national selectors for ignoring Sarfaraz Khan even after piling up massive mountains of runs consistently. The former chief selector also opined that the 24-year-old should be selected to represent India at the highest level.
Sarfaraz Khan has been in an incredible form with the bat in the last couple of years. The right-handed batter has scored 704 runs in 5 innings of 4 at an average of 140.80 in the ongoing 2021-22 Ranji Trophy. In the quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Khan smashed 153 runs to help his team to register a record-breaking win. Sarfaraz Khan was Mumbai’s top scorer during the 2019-20 season after scoring 928 runs in 6 matches.
However, despite consistently scoring runs in domestic cricket, Khan is yet to receive a national call-up. In fact, he is not even among the scheme of things at the moment. It hasn’t gone well with the legendary batter Dilip Vengsarkar, who has openly bashed the national selectors.
“What else he can do?” – Dilip Vengsarkar questions the selectors over Sarfaraz Khan
“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,” said the former chief selector in a conversation with Khaleej Times.
“What else can he do to get into the Indian squad? Every year, he has scored more than 800 runs for Mumbai. 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,” added Dilip Vengsarkar.
The former batter further added weight to Sarfaraz Khan’s ability to negotiate the pace and spin equally well.
“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,” concluded Dilip Vengsarkar.
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Khan is now carrying a first-class average of 80.42 after 23 matches, which is only 2nd to the greatest-ever, Sir Don Bradman.