Nothing new in not being picked, says Wasim Jaffer

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Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 15:04 [IST]
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Mumbai, Feb 12: Mumbai's Wasim Jaffer on Tuesday has said that he is not surprised after being dumped by the selectors following his impressive show in the domestic circuit.

The Mumbaikar was dropped from the national team in 2008. Since then, the prolific opener has added 1549, 801, 940, 406, 1016 runs in the domestic seasons so far.

This also suggests that he has been consistently scoring runs for Mumbai. With Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir not performing consistently, Wasim Jaffer was the front runner for the opener's slot before the selectors met to pick the Test squad.

Nothing new in not being picked: Jaffer

Unfortunately the most consistent player like Wasim Jaffer has not been picked by the national selectors. Probably his age could have played a role as the selectors would have wished to select a youngster.

Keeping in mind the age-factor, Virender Sehwag (34) who has been picked for the Test series against Australia is also aged 34, as Wasim Jaffer and is yet been given chances irrespective of any match practice since a stomach bug forced him to miss the crucial Irani Cup tie ahead of the Test series.

Though Gautam Gambhir was dropped for the Test series against Australia, he has been getting a couple of chances to prove his worth. He is also aged 31, but has not been as consistent as Wasim Jaffer who is currently aged 34.

Talking to www.firstpost.com after being ignored for the Test series against Australia, Jaffer said "I am kind of getting used to it. Even though everyone was talking about my chances, I knew that I could not afford getting distracted. The 80 and 100 I got in the last game were moments where I just wanted to be focussed on the job at hand.

"I enjoy batting, I enjoy scoring runs and I enjoy winning. Events that are outside my control are just that - outside my control. The moment I start thinking about those things my game will suffer."

Wasim Jaffer who has secured 1016 runs this season, also helped Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy title for the 40th time. Talking about not being picked and playing for Mumbai Jaffer told the website, "To say that only I work hard on my game is just not true. Everyone works hard but I guess I am blessed to be part of a team like Mumbai. Even if I am not playing for India, I know I am playing for the best team in India. Anything less than a Ranji Trophy title is considered as a failure and that is what drives us to give our best in every season."

Though age has been a parameter for selectors to pick players, Wasim Jaffer could have been picked given his great track record in the last few years.


Story first published:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 14:34 [IST]
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