8 innings… 556 runs, still ignored by the selectors, didn’t even consider it worth the standby player


Sarfaraz has scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket for Mumbai.
Safraj scored more than 550 runs in Ranji Trophy 2022-23

New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has included wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan in the squad for the upcoming World Test Championship final (WTC Final 2023) against Australia in place of injured KL Rahul. For this final to be played at The Oval from June 7, the Indian board also announced the names of standby players who will accompany the team to England. When KL Rahul was injured, it was being speculated that Sarfaraz Khan might get a chance in his place in the team but it did not happen. Sarfaraz was again sidelined by the selectors. Sarfaraz Khan, who scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket from Mumbai, does not understand what to do if he does now. The selectors didn’t even consider him worthy of a reserve player.

Sarfaraz Khan, playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023, scored 556 runs in 8 innings in Ranji Trophy matches this season, which includes 3 centuries. Sarfaraz has been scoring runs in Ranji for the past several seasons but he is not getting a chance in the national team. On the other hand, talking about Ishan Kishan, he too is still waiting for his Test debut. Ishan was included in the Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh last year but he could not be a part of the playing XI. This wicketkeeper from Jharkhand got a place in the Test team against Australia as well but did not get a chance to play in a single match. The selectors have included Suryakumar Yadav and Rituraj Gaikwad in the squad as reserve players for the WTC final.

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Ishan Kishan Vs Sarfaraz Khan
24-year-old Ishan Kishan has scored 2985 runs in 48 first class matches with the help of 6 centuries and 16 half-centuries, in which his highest score is 273 runs. Ishan Kishan averages 38.76 during this period while the strike rate is around 69. On the other hand, 25-year-old Sarfaraz has scored 3505 runs in 37 first-class matches on the basis of 13 centuries and 9 half-centuries. Sarfaraz averaged 79.65 during this period. His best score is 301 not out. Sarfaraz has so far scored runs at a strike rate of 70.21.

It is difficult for Ishan Kishan to get a chance in the playing XI
BCCI has included Ishan Kishan in the team in place of KL Rahul but will he be able to be a part of the playing XI? This is the biggest question. After the injury of Rishabh Pant, KS Bharath is the first choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket. He did a great job behind the wicket in the Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. It is highly unlikely that the team management will give Ishan a chance to debut in the WTC final.

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