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‘100% agree with Ricky Ponting’ – Fans react as former Australian skipper comes out in support of Sarfaraz Khan

Ricky Ponting and Sarfaraz Khan

Veteran Australia star Ricky Ponting showed his deep feelings for younger batter Sarfaraz Khan without hesitating. The exceptional first-class batting average of Sarfaraz has made the former Australia cricketer even more frustrated with the Indian selectors for failing to provide him with the opportunity to play during the Test match against the West Indies.

Notably, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad got their first-ever call-ups after the Indian Cricket Board unveiled the squad for the two-match Test series against the West Indies; however, 25-year-old batter Sarfaraz Khan was left out. Following that, it became clear that the right-handed batter had been dismissed not for his on-field exploits but actually because of his behaviour issues on the field as well as fitness problems.

They keep picking these other guys ahead of him: Ricky Ponting

In the same vein, ex-cricketer Ponting expressed wonder that a batter of such talent hadn’t received the chance to play in Test cricket. “Sarfaraz Khan is someone I feel a bit sorry about. He hasn’t got a look in a Test squad yet considering he averages in the 80s, which is absolutely unheard of, but for some reason, they keep picking these other guys ahead of him,” Ponting told the Apex Cricket Council.

The Mumbai-born batter has been repeatedly rejected for inclusion in Test matches despite accumulating substantial scores and records in domestic red-ball cricket over the past three seasons, sparking some fans to speculate that Sarfaraz gets unfair treatment by the selectors. Fans had been expecting Sarfaraz Khan to get a debut call-up as India started the next phase after their loss in the WTC Final 2023, which eventually resulted in Pujara being dismissed as a consequence. However, the selectors gave Jaiswal and Gaikwad their first-ever Test invites over Sarfaraz Khan.

Meanwhile, following that, Indian star opener Jaiswal went on to make an international appearance for India while bringing home the Player of the Match award, on his way to surpassing a number of milestones as the 21-year-old left-handed batter had crossed the three-figure mark during the first Test against the home team.

Here is how the fans reacted:






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