By India Today Sports Desk: Sunil Gavaskar slammed the national selectors for not picking Sarfaraz Khan for the two-match Test series in the West Indies. The right-handed Sarfaraz has been amongst the most prolific run-scorers in the Indian domestic circuit.
Sarfaraz has played 37 matches in first-class cricket and has scored 3505 runs at an average of 79.65 with 13 centuries and nine half-centuries to show for his efforts. His top score of 301 not out came against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy 2020 match at the Wankhede Stadium.
Gavaskar said that the selectors should communicate with Sarfaraz regarding the latter’s future in Test cricket.
“Sarfaraz Khan has been scoring at an average of 100 in all past three seasons. What does he have to do to be picked in the squad? He might not be in the XI, but you pick him in the team," Sarfaraz was quoted as saying to Sports Today.
"Tell him that his performances are being recognized. Otherwise, stop playing Ranji Trophy. Say, it’s of no use, you just play IPL and think you are good enough for the red ball game as well,” he stated.
Apart from performing in the Ranji Trophy, Sarfaraz has also played useful hands for India A. He recently played for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The opening Test of India’s tour of the West Indies is scheduled to get underway on July 12 at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. The Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad will host the second Test from Thursday, July 20.