Earlier this month, when Team India’s lineup for the first two Tests of the series against Australia was released, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav won their first calls-ups for the longest format of the game. Sarfaraz Khan was noticeably missing from the squad despite being widely anticipated to participate in the Border-Gavaskar series in February. Sarfaraz has been delivering Mumbai strong performances in the Ranji Trophy this year, blasting three centuries throughout the campaign.

In the first innings of his most recent match against Delhi at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Sarfaraz put up a noteworthy 125 runs. He earned his first century of the year against Hyderabad with an unbeaten 126.

The best off-spinner in India, Ravichandran Ashwin, addressed Sarfaraz’s rejection on his official YouTube channel and argued that his frequent appearances on the local circuit send a “strong message.”

This batter is so difficult to even begin to express. Sarfaraz Khan, It is fiercely debated whether or not he should be selected. He doesn’t give a damn about selection, guys. In the 2019–20 season, he participated in 900 races. In the 2020–21 season, another 900 runs will be scored, according to Ashwin.

This season, he has scored close to 600 runs. He has made a strong statement with his stripped-down performances. He averaged more than 100 and had a high strike rate in the prior three seasons. Sarfaraz Khan isn’t just knocking on the recruiting committee’s doors. He burned them to death. But sadly, he is not being picked right now,” the off-spinner said.

Ashwin said, “Despite not being chosen, he produced a fantastic knock for Mumbai against Delhi in the game that Mumbai lost.

Sarfaraz helped Mumbai out of the difficulty by scoring a vital 162 against Tamil Nadu. Mumbai was in danger at 161/6 when Sarfaraz and Tanush Kotian put up a 167-run partnership (71). Mumbai eventually completed their innings with 481 while the score remained level. Sarfaraz did not play for Mumbai against Maharashtra in their last Group B encounter.