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Mumbai’s former captain and current selector, Milind Rege, has lashed out at Mumbai batter, Sarfaraz Khan for certain ‘ridiculous’ comments he made publicly.
Sarfaraz Khan has been in tremendous form in the domestic circuit and especially in this Ranji Trophy, scoring tons at will and claiming some mind-boggling records. He recently opened up to the media after his snub from national selection.
Focus on batting: Milind Rege slams Sarfaraz Khan
“Keep performing but making ridiculous comments won’t help matters. Sarfaraz should refrain from making comments against his [India] selection. His job is to score runs. He has to concentrate on his batting,” the 73-year-old told Mid-Day.
Rege was extremely critical with the 25-year-old’s ‘immaturity’ while speaking to the media. He stated that Khan should just keep doing his job and not worry about what is supposed to happen. If there will be a place in the team, he will definitely get it.
“Sarfaraz has been in tremendous form, there is no question about it. But there has to be a place in the [Indian Test team] batting line-up. His form is incomparable and unbelievable. Wherever there is an opportunity I think he will get his chance. But right now, where is the place?”
Also, Rege emphasised on the comment which made him the most annoyed on Khan was that whatever made Khan reach out to his father for coaching, when Mumbai has been appointed with a coach as worthy and talented as Amol Muzumdar. Muzumdar is a live example that even if you are a domestic cricket legend, that may not ensure you a berth in the Indian side.
“When Amol is your Mumbai coach, why did he need his father [Naushad Khan] to coach him. I read a quote in a Marathi newspaper that he had called his father to coach him [in Delhi]. When a man like Amol, who scored more than 11,000 First-Class runs is a Mumbai coach, Sarfaraz should look at Amol’s plight and carry on with the game. Amol scored plenty of runs, but he was never selected because there was no place in the national side,” Rege pointed out.
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