‘Won’t go into a depression’: Sarfaraz Khan after being sidelined by India’s Test team against Australia (Image: Twitter)
Despite not being selected for the Team India squad for the upcoming India vs Australia test series, Sarfaraz Ahmed has vowed not to fall into ‘depression’ and to keep moving. However, the right-handed batsman is disappointed to be ignored for a spot in the Test.
On Friday, the selectors announced a 17-man Indian squad for the first two tests of the four-game series. But Sarfaraz was not on the list despite his impressive performances in first-class cricket. There had been a conversation on social media about his inclusion in Team India.
Speaking to The Bharat Express News, Sarfaraz admitted that he had heard people talking about him deserving a chance to play in the Indian team.
“Everywhere I go I hear rumors that he will play for India soon. On social media I have thousands of posts about my exclusion. Everyone says your time will come,” he told The Bharat Express News.
The cricketer revealed that he couldn’t sleep all night after the selection. “I will never give up practicing, I will not get depressed. Don’t worry, I will keep trying,” he added.
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The test match against Australia starts on February 9 in Nagur. Sarfaraz scored an impressive 3,380 runs at an average of 80.47 in 36 first-class matches.
The middle-class batsman has batted first-class for 12 centuries and has been in top form in recent years. Sarfaraz plays for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
Team India Squad for first two Tests vs Australia:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R.Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja , Mohd.Shami, Mohd.Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.