Sunil Gavaskar on Sarfaraz Khan: Star batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who has been performing consistently well in the Indian domestic team, is currently battling to make a place in Team India and make his debut. He scored 2441 runs in the last three domestic seasons, but the BCCI selection committee is not even looking at him.
The Indian team has now played a Test series against Australia. The team has been announced for its first two matches, in which Ishaan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have got a place. But Sarfaraz is still waiting. Questions were being raised about Sarfaraz’s physical fitness for not being selected.
Gavaskar lashed out at the selection committee
But now in this matter former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has supported him. He lashed out at the selection committee and said that they should do the selection after seeing whether the person is fit for cricket or not. Selection should not be done by looking at someone’s body or stature. Gavaskar said that if BCCI wants slim and trim boys in the team, then they should go to the fashion show.
‘Yo-yo test not the only criterion for selection’
Sunil Gavaskar told India Today, ‘At the end of the day, if you are unfit, you will not be able to complete the century. That’s why fitness is very important in cricket. I have no problem if you do yo-yo test or whatever. But the yo-yo test cannot be the only criterion. You also have to make sure that the person is fully fit for cricket as well. Whoever the person is, if he is fit for cricket, then I don’t think there should be any problem.
‘They should bring models and hand them bat and ball’
Former captain Gavaskar said, ‘He does not stay out of the field even after scoring a century. He comes back to the ground and tells everyone that he is fit for cricket. If you are only looking for slim and trim guys, then you should go to some fashion show and bring some models from there and hand them the bat and ball. After this, include them in the team. You have cricketers of all shapes and sizes. Don’t go by size. Should be chosen according to runs and wickets.