I am still good to play for India: Jaffer
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:W Jaffer

DateLine: 4th September 2009


India's Test discard Wasim Jaffer said he does not know how to impress the selectors, who seemed to have overlooked his exploits.


Jaffer who has had a brilliant domestic circuit and scored abundant runs, is yet to cement his place in the national team.


The right-hander who made his Test debut for India in February 2000 against South Africa has since then been in and out of the team but everytime he was shown the door, the lanky batsman went back to the domestic circuit and scored runs to strengthen his claim.


"Really, I don't know how to impress the selectors. I have scored over 13,000 runs in first class cricket and 1,260 runs in last Ranji season. I don't think they (selectors) have taken note of it.


"That's all what I can do and will continue to do to make them realise I am still good to play for India," Jaffer, whose team Indian Oil crashed out of the inaugural BCCI Corporate Cup without playing a single match, told PTI.


Jaffer, also expressed displeasure over him being tagged as a Test batsman, saying it hurts him when people categorise his talent.


"Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game for every player, not just me. But having said that it doesn't mean I can't score runs in ODIs and T20s. It is wrong to categorise a player. If he is good, he is good in all formats," said Jaffer, who scored 1,944 runs in 31 Tests for India.


"In domestic circuit, I have impressive performances in ODIs. Last year, I played well in the Deodhar Trophy. I even scored a few half centuries in the first edition of the IPL," added Jaffer, who represents Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL).


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