Irfan Pathan Sparks Storm Over Sarfaraz Khan’s Test Team Snub

In the much-awaited five-match Test series, India is facing against England. The home assignment begins Today, at the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. However, the excitement in the first two Test matches has been dampened by the absence of star batsman Virat Kohli, who has pulled out due to personal reasons.

BCCI’s Strategic Move: Inclusion of Rajat Patidar

In a surprising move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar as a replacement for the prolific Virat Kohli in the 16-member squad. Patidar, a 30-year-old talent from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), showcased remarkable form for India A against the England Lions in two recent matches. He not only top-scored for India in the first innings of both encounters but also outshone established names like Cheteshwar Pujara and Sarfaraz Khan.

Patidar’s Stellar Performance Raises Eyebrows

Patidar’s selection over the more established names has sparked discussions among cricket enthusiasts. The right-handed batsman’s red-hot form against the England Lions, coupled with his exclusion from the squad in the past, has created a buzz in the cricketing community.

Irfan Pathan’s Critique of Sarfaraz’s Omission

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed his dissent over the decision to exclude Sarfaraz Khan from the playing squad. Pathan, taking to his official social media handle, highlighted Sarfaraz’s impressive stats in domestic cricket. With 3751 runs in 44 first-class matches at a staggering batting average of 68.20, Sarfaraz’s exclusion raises questions about the selection criteria.

Sarfaraz Khan: Unfulfilled Potential or Unjust Oversight?

Sarfaraz Khan, the 26-year-old Mumbai batter, faced disappointment in the IPL 2024 auction after being released by the Delhi Capitals. Despite a stellar record in domestic cricket, including an impressive 3751 runs, Sarfaraz is yet to receive his maiden call-up to the Indian national team.

A Glimpse into Sarfaraz’s Domestic Cricket Triumphs

Sarfaraz’s journey in domestic cricket has been nothing short of spectacular. His consistent performance, evident in a batting average of 68.20, showcases his mettle on the field. However, the question lingers – why hasn’t the talented cricketer earned a coveted spot in the Indian Test squad?

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