Wise to pick Jaffer even if he is 35, says Gaekwad

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Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:16 [IST]
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Mumbai, Feb 13: Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad feels selectors must pick Wasim Jaffer irrespective of his age, as he has been the most consistent player in the last few years.

Selector picked youngsters Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and  Ajinkya Rahane for the first two Tests against Australia on Sunday ignoring the most consistent batsman, Wasim Jaffer who has scored 1016 runs this season.

Talking about the same, Anshuman Gaekwad the former opening batsman for India said that batsmen mature late, and it is always wise to pick Jaffer even if he is 35, since he is fit and performing well.

"Look, even Sunil Gavaskar will agree that batsmen mature late. I don't see age as a problem as long as Jaffer is fit and to me, he doesn't look unfit. And as I said before, what great options do we have," Gaekwad told Mid-day.

Gaekwad, having trained Team India for a couple of years feels India need an opener like Wasim Jaffer irrespective of his age since he has been piling runs consistently and does not get out after getting the starts.

Though Jaffer represented India in 31 Tests and 2 ODIs and averaged around 34, the Mumbaikar's average in first class cricket especially after he was dropped from the national side, shows that he can play for India for a few more years.

Jaffer having played his last Test match against South Africa at Kanpur in 2008, has been very consistent in the domestic circuit. The prolific opener has added 1549, 801, 940, 406, 1016 runs in the domestic seasons after being dropped from the national side.

With 1016 runs this season including a 80 and 100 in the last game, Wasim Jaffer has proved yet again that he has been consistently scoring runs.

Since India needs someone like Wasim Jaffer, Gaekwad also stressed on the age factor as Virender Sehwag who is preferred over others is also 34 years old and moreover has not been in great form in the last few months.


Story first published:  Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10:20 [IST]
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