Wasim Jaffer doesn’t want to quit playing cricket for the time being
“There is a fear of transformation."
Updated - Nov 22, 2018 2:13 pm
The name Wasim Jaffer may not be a colossal one as far as Indian cricket is concerned, but his records in domestic cricket can’t be dismissed by any stretch of the imagination. He is 40 years old was a crucial member of the Mumbai team and last season he moved to Vidarbha and played a pivotal role in his team’s victorious campaign in the Ranji Trophy as Vidarbha defeated Delhi in the final.
The veteran followed it up with a knock of 286 against Rest of India in the Irani Cup. The Maharashtra-born cricketer has had an impressive season thus far. In the first two matches this season against Maharashtra and Karnataka, the right-handed batsman notched an aggregate of 165 runs. In Vidarbha’s ongoing match, Jaffer scored 153 runs from 284 balls in the first innings.
What will I do after I quit the game?
Jaffer is currently the leading run-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket. In the meantime, the experienced campaigner has mentioned that he doesn’t want to give up playing cricket until and unless he feels like becoming a burden to the team. He is also aware of the steps that need to be taken after he hangs his boots from the sport.
“There is a fear of transformation. Like, I would have to sit at an office 9 to 5 or I have to do coaching. These are big steps to be taken. I too think about it because it will be a new field for me. Once you complete these 20-25 years of playing cricket, I will have to enter a new field.
Those who play so long do have a fear of taking that leap. I too have fear (about quitting) but if I feel that I am becoming a burden (to my team) I will pack my bags. I don’t want to get that sense, that feeling from my teammates,” Jaffer was quoted as saying in Indian Express.
“Sometimes it happens, you do get bored. I missed two seasons of domestic cricket due to injury. I’m not ready to leave this cricket as of now. What will I do after I quit the game? I go regularly to gym, I have proper diet, proper running sessions. I enjoyed a lot last season,” he added.