The withdrawal of Sarfaraz Khan from Team India’s team for the first two Tests of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series against Australia at home has generated the most discussion. Despite his accomplishments on the domestic circuit over the previous three seasons, the teenager has been unable to make a breakthrough, infuriating and perplexing fans and experts alike. Sarfaraz is also left wondering what more he can do. After the team announcement, the 25-year-old posted a cryptic message on Instagram that gave the selectors a cruel “Don Bradman” reminder because he was upset by the repeated rejection.

Sarfaraz scored 928 runs at 154.66 in six matches during the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy season, including three hundred and two fifty pluses. He maintained his exceptional success the next year in 2021/22, amassing 982 runs at 122.75 with four centuries and two fifties. He has scored 431 runs at 107.75 with twin tonnes and a fifty so far this season, continuing his streak.

Sarfaraz has often been passed over for the Indian squad despite his accomplishments in the red-ball style. And on Saturday, the Mumbai batter sent two intriguing messages on Instagram. His Ranji Trophy statistics for Mumbai were shown in the first, with 2436 runs scored in 30 innings at a 110.73 average. His lifetime first-class average of 80.47, which is the second-best in the world among hitters with at least 50 innings of service, was shown in the second post, behind only the greatest ever, Don Bradman.

Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer for India, had criticized the selectors earlier on Saturday, asking the reasoning for rejecting Sarfaraz while Suryakumar Yadav was forced to fit into the 17-player roster for the Test series.

“The name of Sarfaraz is still missing. He believes that he was mistreated since his name ought to have been called. Bumrah has yet to appear. That’s another development, but Sarfaraz’s absence worries me more “Aakash posted this on his YouTube account.

“You choosing Surya indicates that a spot became available. I believe Sarfaraz should have been given the opportunity because of his first-class average of 80. Only Don Bradman, who has played in more matches than anybody else, has an average of at least 80 “Adding, Aakash.