Many Indian cricket fans were not happy after Sarfaraz Khan wasn’t picked for the Test series against Australia, which is to be played from February 9. Sarfaraz has been a prolific run-scorer in India’s domestic circuit and has been banging on the selection doors for quite some time. However, a national selection continues to evade him.
Sarfaraz was disappointed after not getting selected, to say the least. He said he kept asking why he wasn’t there but he got back to normal after talking to his father. Sarfaraz was the top-scorer of the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season and has been one of the most prolific run-scorers over the last few years in the competition.
“Everywhere I go, I hear murmurs that he will play for India soon. On social media, I have thousands of messages talking about my exclusion. Sab bolte hain tera time aayega (everyone says your time will come),” said Sarfaraz who was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
I came from Assam to Delhi the day after the selection, and wasn’t able to sleep the whole night. I kept asking why am I not there? But now after speaking to my father, I’m back to normal. I will never give up practice, I will not go under depression. Don’t worry, I will keep trying.”
We need to keep that belief: Sarfaraz Khan
In the 2021-22 edition of the Ranji Trophy where Mumbai finished as the runner-up, Sarfaraz piled up as many as 982 runs at an average of 122.75 with four centuries, two half-centuries, and a top score of 275 to show for his efforts. He said that he was getting many messages about his exclusion.
“I was down completely. It’s natural for anyone, especially once you have scored so many runs. I’m also human, not a machine. I too have emotions. I spoke to my father and he came to Delhi. I just had a practice session in Delhi with him.”
“I have been getting messages and hearing that I should have been there. My father came and said our job is to score runs and he feels a day will come when I will play for India. So we need to keep that belief and let destiny decide the rest.”