Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

On the basis of his consistent performances in domestic cricket, Sarfaraz Khan has earned his maiden Test call-up for the second match of the ongoing Test series against England.

However, Sarfaraz’s selection in the playing XI is not yet certain. He may either pip fellow newcomer Rajat Patidar or both could get the nod in the final playing XI.

However, Indian cricket team’s former wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta is not fully convinced of Sarfaraz’s abilities. As per Dasgupta, Sarfaraz has not scored runs in the big matches despite averaging nearly 70 in First Class cricket.

“Credit to him that he has been in good form for the last two to three years. He scored runs recently against England A as well. He was performing consistently but there were two questions. The biggest question was in place of whom. We say very easily that this or that player should be there but only 11 can play and the squad can have only 15 or 16. Secondly, there was also this question and I have heard it from a few people that where are the runs in big matches,” said Dasgupta on his official YouTube channel.

“When people talk about first-class cricket, with all due respect, you have 37 teams. You are also playing against some very average teams. I shouldn’t be saying this, it will be disrespectful to some of the teams, but the quality of runs is also important. I am not saying this against Sarfaraz,” he added.