Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan is very deserving and close to selection in the Test team due to his consistent runs in back-to-back Ranji Trophy seasons.
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On Thursday, Sarfaraz, resuming 40, took Mumbai out of a precarious position in the final against Madhya Pradesh at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, scoring a scintillating 134 with 13 fours and two sixes to give Mumbai 374 in the first innings. But took it. Sarfaraz, who took 152 deliveries to reach his half-century, started well in his next 38 balls to reach his fourth century of the season.
“The way he bats and makes you wonder if he is a potential type of Test player. But the number of runs he has scored in two seasons; Daddy is right about a hundred; He gets big scores and it comes very quickly with a great strike rate. Even if a spot is not readily available, as you want to try out existing players like Shreyas Iyer, scoring runs have grabbed the opportunity as a Test batsman,” Manjrekar told an event organized by Sony Sports. Speaking about India’s upcoming T20I in the virtual conversation, Said. series against ireland
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After scoring 928 runs in nine innings of the 2019/20 season, Sarfaraz has now scored 937 runs in eight innings of the 2021/22 season at an average of 133.85, the third batsman after Ajay Sharma (1991/92 and 1996/97). Have become. ) and Wasim Jaffer (2008/09 and 2018/19) to do the same. Watching the national selectors like Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh from the stands, it seems that they must have been impressed by the fighting spirit and tenacity shown by Sarfaraz in the final.
“There is no harm in bringing Sarfaraz Khan closer to the Indian Test team because when someone performs so well at the Ranji Trophy level, it is also to send a strong message that we care about Ranji Trophy cricket. You care about first-class cricket and when you recognize the performance of Ranji Trophy cricket and reward players for inclusion at Test level, International level, you increase the importance of Ranji Trophy cricket. He deserves to come very close to Test team selection,” concluded Manjrekar.
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