'I kept knocking the door but never got a look-in' - Wasim Jaffer on being unsuccessful to make international comeback

‘I kept knocking the door but never got a look-in’ – Wasim Jaffer on being unsuccessful to make international comeback

Jaffer was last seen in action against the Proteas team in 2006 ODI. He is currently the highest-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket.

Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer didn’t have a quite long and successful stint with the national side owing to some inconsistent performance at the global level. A right-handed batsman and an occasional right-am off break-bowler believe that it would be best to ask selectors so as to why he couldn’t stage his comeback to the Indian team.

Jaffer was last seen in action against the Proteas team in 2006 ODI. He is currently the highest-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket.

On asking why he was dropped out even being so consistent for long, the Mumbai-born replied that he had memorable knocks to his game, he was quite a star at domestic level but failed to produce such form at the international level. This was the primary reason why he couldn’t stretch his association with the Indian team for long.

During an interaction on the SportsTiger YouTube show ‘Off the Field’, the 42-year-old got candid on his domestic and international journey. 

“To be honest, I was not that consistent otherwise I would have played more than 100 Test matches. I was not that consistent at the international level, that is why I was dropped. But I was consistent on the domestic front. Lot of people know me or I have got famous for my first-class career more than international cricket I have played. But I have been fortunate, the love for the game, the love for batting, and that is the only thing I feel I know,” said Jaffer

I think I definitely performed after I was dropped: Wasim Jaffer

The Mumbai man believes that he was known for his heroics at the domestic level that pushed his team to lift several trophies. During 2012-13, he was very close to jumping in the squad yet again, but selectors found better potentials in Shikhar Dhawan, and he missed the bus yet again.

“I think I definitely performed after I was dropped in 2008. The very next season I was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy. I got 1250 runs the same season, I was the Ranji captain, we went on to win the Ranji Trophy. I was the captain in West Zone, we went on to win the Duleep Trophy.

Probably the selectors are the best people who can answer that. But I definitely kept knocking the doors but never got a look-in. So no regrets about it,” replied Jaffer on being asked if he has any regrets of not making a comeback into the national team.

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