Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels Sarfaraz Khan deserves his maiden India call-up in the next Test series. The Mumbai batter has been in terrific form in domestic cricket. He was one of their key performers this year in the Ranji Trophy season. His prolific record has prompted experts and fans to call for his inclusion in the Indian Test squad.
Sarfaraz finished the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 tournament as the leading run-scorer. He slammed 982 runs in nine innings at an average of 122.75. His stats boast of a 275-run knock against Saurashtra. The 24-year-old batter scored a fighting hundred in the finals against Madhya Pradesh, which the Mumbai team lost in Bengaluru.
Sunil Gavaskar feels that it will be a surprise if Sarfaraz doesn’t get a call-up in the next Test series. In his column for Mid-day, he expressed that with Cheteshwar Pujara fighting for his spot, and Ajinkya Rahane already out of the team, the door may be open for Sarfaraz Khan to make his debut. He stated
“Sarfaraz Khan’s tremendous run of hundreds should bring him into contention for a place in the national team. With Rahane gone and Pujara getting one last chance to score and keep his place in the team and go on to play a century of Test matches the door could open for Sarfaraz. He certainly has banged the selection committee’s door down and it would be a real surprise if his name doesn’t figure in the squad for the next Test series,” he added.
Sarfaraz Khan in the last 16 innings in Ranji Trophy:
– 1 Triple hundred
– 2 Double Hundreds
– 3 150+ scores
– 1 Hundred (134 in final)
– 4 fifties pic.twitter.com/tnPmomHw9q
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Rajat Patidar has been tremendously consistent: Sunil Gavaskar
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar also lauded Rajat Patidar’s performance in the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season. The Madhya Pradesh batter was the second leading run-getter in the tournament. He scored 658 runs at an average of 82.25 in nine innings. Patidar slammed a match-winning century in the finals against Mumbai. His knock pushed the opposition on the backfoot, paving way for Madhya Pradesh’s maiden Ranji Trophy title.
“There are some others too like Rajat Patidar who has also been tremendously consistent in what has been a breakthrough season for him. India are blessed to have such talent which is keeping the seniors on their toes and ensuring there is no room for complacency at all,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar.