‘Are you serious?’ – Ravi Ashwin baffled over Wasim Jaffer not including himself in his all-time Mumbai XI
Wasim Jaffer picked legendary Mumbai cricketers in his XI but excluded himself.
Updated - Apr 11, 2020 7:22 pm
Due to the coronavirus threat, there haven’t been any cricket matches for a month now and it seems the current situation will continue for some time now. However, during this time players have found their safe place and that is social media. Many cricketers have started engaging with their fans a lot more. Also, we have seen several players come up with their all-time XIs.
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer also made his favourite all-time India XI a few days back. On Saturday, he released another all-time XI. This time it was of Mumbai Cricket Team and picked players who played since 1970. He posted the entire XI on his official Twitter handle.
The team selected by Jaffer included several stars from Mumbai cricket. He chose Rohit Sharma and Sunil Gavaskar as his openers followed by Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. He also chose Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan among his all-time XI.
My all time Mumbai XI since 1970:
1. Gavaskar (c)
6. C Pandit (wk)
7. Bahutule / @imrameshpowar
8. @imAagarkar/ Abdul Ismail
10. A Kuruvilla
11. P Shivalkar
12th- G Parkar
Thoughts guys? @MumbaiCricAssoc
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 11, 2020
Ravi Ashwin’s response to Wasim Jaffer’s XI
However, many fans were surprised that he didn’t add himself or Amol Mazumdar in the side. Jaffer holds the record for scoring most runs in the history of Ranji Trophy. He played most of his cricket with Mumbai before moving to Vidarbha. Interestingly, before Jaffer, the record was held by Mazumdar, who also played most of his cricket for Mumbai.
Even the Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin replied to the tweet. Like the rest of the fans, he was also surprised by Jaffer for not including himself. Through his tweet, Ashwin asked Jaffer why didn’t he include his name in XI. “Are you serious?? Where is your name Wasim bhai??”, the offie’s reply read.
Here’s his tweet:
Are you serious?? Where is your name Wasim bhai?? 🧐
— lets stay indoors India 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 11, 2020
Jaffer had an illustrious career for Mumbai. He was part of Mumbai team when they won Ranji trophy a number of times. A renowned journalist Vikrant Gupta also pointed out that along with him, Jaffer had not included Sandeep Patil in the XI. Patil had a great record for Mumbai and was also part of the World cup-winning side in 1983.