Dilip Vengsarkar, a former BCCI chief selector and 1983 World Cup winner, believes Sarfaraz Khan should be included in the Indian team.
“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. What else can he do to get into the Indian squad? Every year, he has scored more than 800 runs for Mumbai,” Vengsarkar said to Khaleej Times.
He continued, “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. He can win matches, which is very rare for 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.”
“He is an improviser. And you need somebody to accelerate the scoring rate. A batsman like him helps the team because he keeps the scoreboard moving all the time.”
These comments followed Sarfaraz’s brilliant 153-run knock in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy against Uttarakhand.