BCCI selectors announced the Team India squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 vs Australia that kickstarts on February 9. The squad was announced for just the first two Test matches. There were a few notable omissions and additions in the squad. Rishabh Pant, who recently met with a near-fatal road accident, misses out as he is recovering from the injuries. Jasprit Bumrah also does not feature in the squad for the first 2 Tests as he is still not 100 percent fit from his back issues. In Pant’s place, Ishan Kishan has been given a go ahead as the wicketkeeper and batter while KS Bharat’s name also feature in the squad.
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Suryakumar Yadav also got a call up for the first two Test matches vs Australia which has raised the eyebrows of many. Despite his exploits in T20 cricket, Suryakumar has not done anything remarkable in the first-class cricket recently to get a Test call-up. On the other hand, a consistent Sarfaraz Khan continues to be ignored despite scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket. Sarfaraz has been in massive form for the last 3 Ranji Trophy seasons. In 2019/20 season, he scored 928 runs at average of 154.66. In 2021/22 season, he smashed 982 runs at average of 122.75. In the ongoing 2022/23 season, Sarfaraz is in tremendous form, having scored 801 runs at an average of 89.
Many Indian cricket team fans believe that this is unjust on Sarfaraz that despite peforming in first-class cricket, he does not get selected but someone who has done well in T20s, gets a go-ahead in Tests as well.
Take a look at fans’ reactions as Suryakumar Yadav gets picked for Test squad vs Australia and Sarfaraz is ignored:
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If Surya Kumar Yadav can get picked to the Indian Test squad based on his recent T20I performances, then WHY not Sarfaraz Khan on his recent first-class performances in domestic games?
2019/20: 928 @ 154.66
2021/22: 982 @ 122.75
2022/23: 801* @ 89.00#INDvsAUS#INDvAUS
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 14, 2023
Very hard on Sarfaraz Khan who has literally broken the door down in first class cricket. You can’t do more than he has.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 13, 2023
Spare a thought for Sarfaraz khan. I don’t understand what else he needs to do to get into the test team #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter #INDvAUS
— Dodda Ganesh | _____ _____ (@doddaganesha) January 13, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav has first-class average of 44.75 with a strike rate of 63.56. On the other hand, Sarfaraz has average of 80.47 with a strike rate of 69.89. Clearly, even if the selectors wanted to pick a Pant-like batter in middle order who scores at quick speed, in-form Sarfaraz could have been the right man.
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