No doubt that more of our players should play for India, claims Faiz Fazal
Vidarbha skipper, Faiz Fazal, has revealed that he hopes more players from his Ranji Trophy winning team are called up to represent the Indian senior team along with Umesh Yadav. Vidarbha won their second consecutive Ranji Trophy by defeating Saurashtra in a thrilling final in Nagpur last week.
Faiz Fazal-led Vidarbha made it two wins from two as they successfully defended their Ranji Trophy title by defeating Saurashtra in the final this year. The 33-year-old captain has now won two Ranji Trophies, one Duleep Trophy, and one Irani Trophy in a span of just over a year. The defending champions put in an all round performance to ensure a nail-biting finish in the final which was played in Nagpur last week.
Fazal heaped praise on his side who have emerged as one of the strongest teams in the domestic circuit across all formats over the last couple of years. The Vidarbha captain was bullish that certain players from his team deserved a call-up to the senior Indian team based on their recent performances.
"There's no doubt. Not just India A, there should be people playing for the country as well. Why not? We don't want it every time that they're just in the India A squad and the main team has only people from big states and big cities. We're performing, we've proved ourselves. There's no point even discussing about it. People should just walk in to the sides.
"Because if you're working so hard to win the Ranji Trophy, ultimately you have to rise and play higher and represent the country. Everyone should think of growing higher and higher in every field, it's the same case in the sports field as well. I'm very hopeful this year that we players get to do that. Not just Duleep Trophy, but also India," Fazal told CricketNext in a recent interview.
Youngster Aditya Sarwate had a final to remember as he picked up 11 wickets over the course of the final for the home team. Fazal, who scored 912 and 752 runs over the last two Ranji seasons, revealed that his hard work and determination has helped him gain a decent level of consistency with the state team.
"I very much believe in god. I'm a very religious guy - not fanatic but I'm very religious, very broad-minded. I think it's because of god that I've got rewards. I've been consistent for the last few years now, getting runs every year. I'm definitely expecting and hoping that I go on and play Test cricket for the country. That's the ultimate aim for me as a cricketer and batsman. That has been the aim for so many years since I started my career.
"That's been my routine - work hard in the off-season, prepare for the Ranji Trophy, perform in the Ranji Trophy and then repeat it next year. This has been repeating for so many years. That's something I want to break now, playing Test cricket for India is what I want. It's my ultimate aim, so that I can change my status!," Fazal concluded.