Sarfaraz Khan has recently been in the news for two different reasons: not being selected for India’s Test team despite scoring an absurd number of runs for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Sarfaraz has scored a staggering 2441 runs combined over the previous three Ranji seasons, but he has yet to make it into India’s red-ball team. Recently, when his name was omitted from India’s four-Test series against Australia, cricket fans and ex-players alike took issue with it.

Sarfaraz has publicly discussed his treatment of India on many occasions. The 25-year-old said that he was disappointed that he had not yet received an India call-up. He also spoke about his interaction with BCCI head selector Chetan Sharma, who had promised to choose Sarfaraz for the Bangladesh trip last year. Not receiving an India cap can be heartbreaking for someone who has scored 928 runs in the 2019–20 season, 982 more in the following season, along with another 556 runs in six games. However, according to former Mumbai captain Milind Rege, Sarfaraz’s job should be to score runs and perform, not to air his frustration on public platforms.

“Continue to perform, but making absurd remarks won’t help. Sarfaraz ought to hold off on criticizing his choice of India. He is supposed to score runs. He has to focus on his batting, “Rege, the top selector for Mumbai, said to Mid-Day.

Rege is aware that, notwithstanding Sarfaraz’s unfortunate circumstances, one must be aware of the intense rivalry among the Indian team’s players. Rege believes that there just isn’t a place for Sarfaraz to fit in yet since there may be three or four players vying for one slot. Sarfaraz will have to wait for his chance since India’s middle order consists of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, a wicketkeeper, and perhaps Ravindra Jadeja, an all-rounder.

“There is no denying that Sarfaraz has been in fantastic form. However, there must be a spot in the batting order for the [Indian Test team]. His physique is incredible and unmatched. I believe he will get his chance wherever there is a chance. However, where is it right now?” Added he.

Rege compared Amol Muzumdar, his Mumbai batting coach, with Sarfaraz. Muzumdar, one of the best batters of his generation, had trouble making the Indian squad despite dominating the home circuit with his series of extended innings season after season. Muzumdar, however, was never allowed to wear the India cap because of the middle-order pillar of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly. Muzumdar is still regarded as the most deserved cricketer who has never represented India, notwithstanding the passage of time.