Srinagar: A heated debate has raged in Indian Cricket circles over inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan in Indian Test squad for Australia Tests instead of Ranji Trophy Run Machine Sarfaraz Khan.
Former India Cricketers Irfan Pathan and Aakash Chopra have also lashed out at selectors for leaving out Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan.
Sarfaraz, has scored 928 runs at 154.66 in 2019/20 season, 982 runs at 122.75 in 2021/22 season and 431 runs so far at 107.75 in the ongoing edition. He notched up nine centuries and five fifties during his run in Ranji Trophy over the last three seasons. Yet, he continued to be denied a spot in the team.
Suryakumar on the other hand did not play first-class cricket for three years until he made his return in late December last year, scoring an 80-ball 90 for Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy game.
Disappointed at India’s Test selection for the Australia series, Irfan took to Twitter to slam the selectors.
“Ranji trophy performances should be the first criteria for test selections!” Pathan Tweeted.
“Sarfaraz’s name is still not there. He feels he got cheated because his name should probably have come. Bumrah is still not there. That’s another news but I am more concerned that Sarfaraz is not there,” he said on his YouTube channel.