Srinagar: Legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has come in support of Ranji Trophy run machine Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan after laters continued snub for the Team India selection.
Gavaskar lashed out at the Chetan Sharma-led All India Selection Committee for ignoring rising star Sarfaraz amid his red-hot form in the domestic arena
The former India skipper lashed out at Sarfaraz’s critics for questioning his fitness. In his hard-hitting statement against the national selectors, batting legend Gavaskar opined that cricketers come in all shapes and sizes.
“If you are looking for only slim and trim guys, then might as well go to a fashion show and find some other models and give a bat and ball in their hands and then improve them. That’s not the way cricket goes. You have cricketers in all shapes and sizes. Don’t go by the size, go by the scores or wickets. He is not staying off the field when he scores a hundred. He is back on the field again. So, all that tells you is that the man is fit,” Gavaskar told India Today.
Gavaskar’s remarks arrived days after Sarfaraz slammed his third century in the 2023 edition of the Ranji Trophy.
“How can you score runs? I think at the end of the day if you are unfit, you aren’t gonna score hundreds. Cricket fitness is the most important thing. Yo-Yo Test can’t be the only criterion. You got to make sure that the man is cricket fit as well. If the person, whoever it is, is cricket fit, then I don’t think it should be any matter,” Gavaskar added.