“Wanted to play Test format for India”- Faiz Fazal following his India snub
By SMCS - Mar 3, 2024 10:30 am
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Former Indian cricketer Faiz Fazal was one of the talented players in domestic cricket. He scored a massive 9,184 runs in 134 first-class games at an average of 41. However, he never played Test cricket for India and featured in just a solitary ODI against Zimbabwe way back in 2016 as well. However, he claimed that he understood how tough it was to break into the Indian team despite the disappointment of not having a single Test cap.

Speaking to CricketNext, Faiz Fazal said: “As a professional you feel bad and disappointed. I wanted to play Test format for India. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the Test side. The competition is really, very strong in India. There’s no jealousy or grudges but ofcourse, as a professional, it’s disappointing. The other part to this is that competition should be there.”

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However, Faiz Fazal bluntly added that he used to sulk at being overlooked but his love for the game was enough motivation for him to keep going and chase the dream of playing for the country. He also shared the dressing room with great captains like MS Dhoni (India) and Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) as well. He further added that leadership traits are in-born and feels he has a lot to learn from them in both on and off the field.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni playing with BAS bat

He stated: “We had Shane Warne in Rajasthan Royals. He was a brilliant skipper. I think Australia says we missed the best captain. Apart from him, MS was also there. I just feel every captain under whom I have played under had some or the other quality that I picked. I wasn’t a perfect captain but I always tried to implement the things that I have learnt.”