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    Wasim Jaffer advises youngsters not to follow career path of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane

    Domestic giant Wasim Jaffer has advised the upcoming cricketers to not follow in the footsteps of the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane or even himself to have a long and fruitful career.

    Jaffer was speaking in the context of the popularity of T20 cricket which has also become a gateway to break into national reckoning. The Vidarbha batsman feels nowadays, for a cricketer, T20 skills is a must and its absence could prove to be a hindrance in career progress.

    “It would be foolish for younger players to follow us [Pujara, Rahane and Jaffer] to be honest,” Jaffer told Rediff.com. “We played in a time where there was hardly any T20 cricket, but nowadays there is so much T20 cricket. They might play like us, but they need to have T20 skills in them also.”

    Jaffer, who has amassed a record 19147 runs in his first-class career, felt modern cricket requires one to equip with T20 skills for survival, the absence of which curtails the chances to play more cricket.

    “This is how the system is working now. The times have changed. Nowadays, I feel a player need to have T20 skills otherwise he is not going to survive. No matter how much runs you score in the Ranji Trophy or Duleep Trophy or Irani Trophy, if you don’t have T20 skills in batting or bowling, you are not going to go too far,” Jaffer said.

    He added, “Obviously, they look into that and they prioritise their game accordingly to suit T20 cricket which I don’t think is their fault. That is how the system works now and they want to get noticed. They know if they don’t play the IPL, they won’t get too far. The IPL gives them the benchmark for them to get picked for the Indian team. You can’t blame them because you need to have T20 skills otherwise you are not going to play too much cricket.”

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...-jaffer-803028


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    He’s right. Test cricket will die soon as well, so if you want to make a career out of the sport, you have to branch out...

    And hit sixes

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    Its sad though golf has a viewership but test cricket doesn't , I don't see any youngster(below 20) interested in test cricket.


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    This is heartbreakingly sad.

    Someone like Pujara has done things that even our bona-fide ATGs couldn't do.

    Yet last month, there were a lot of ungrateful Karnataka fans who called him a "cheat" (both in the stadium and on Twitter) just because he didn't walk in a Ranji game.

    Had it been Kohli or Rohit, they wouldn't have shown this much outrage.

    I can't even begin to express my disgust at these people who don't even realize Pujara is the one who is most responsible for our number 1 streak.

    Sadly image in cricket is all about T20 skills.

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    One of the unluckiest players in Indian history. His double-hundreds against Pakistan and the West Indies were masterclass knocks.

    His consistency was not up to the Indian standards, but with his temperament, he would have eventually found a way to be prolific at the Test level as well.

    Unfortunately for him, there was too much competition in the form of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhawan and Vijay.

    In Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, he would have been a Test great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    This is heartbreakingly sad.

    Someone like Pujara has done things that even our bona-fide ATGs couldn't do.

    Yet last month, there were a lot of ungrateful Karnataka fans who called him a "cheat" (both in the stadium and on Twitter) just because he didn't walk in a Ranji game.

    Had it been Kohli or Rohit, they wouldn't have shown this much outrage.

    I can't even begin to express my disgust at these people who don't even realize Pujara is the one who is most responsible for our number 1 streak.

    Sadly image in cricket is all about T20 skills.
    It is not just about T20s. Pujara is a poor ODI player as well. Players who excel in multiple formats always enjoy a higher stature and deservedly so. They are simply better and more complete players.

    This isn’t the 70s and 80s anymore. In today’s times, the hallmark of a truly great player is his ability to do well in all three formats.

    Kohli is the face of Indian cricket because he is top class in all formats. Rohit is second in line because he is top class in two formats, and Pujara is in their shadow because he is successful in one format only, and even in that particular format, he is not the best in India.

    I know you will probably disagree and we have been through this before, but Pujara is not a better Test batsman than Kohli, and no team in the world would prefer to have the former over the latter in their team.

    You give Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand a choice between the two, and they will go for Kohli without thinking twice.

    It is absolutely true that Pujara does not have the same popularity and respect in India as Kohli and Rohit, but that is down to his own limitations and shortcomings as a player.

    I am obviously not condoning the behavior of the Karnataka fans, but Pujara or his fans cannot complain about his low profile. It is no one’s fault that he cannot excel in Limited Overs cricket.

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    Nonsense.

    Don't listen to him. Ranji Trophy >>>> IPL.


    Have some Sehwag in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Nonsense.

    Don't listen to him. Ranji Trophy >>>> IPL.
    Why should we listen to you and not him?


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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Why should we listen to you and not him?
    Forget about me, don't listen to him full stop. Ranji Trophy >>>> IPL, and it doesn't need me to say that.


    Have some Sehwag in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Forget about me, don't listen to him full stop. Ranji Trophy >>>> IPL, and it doesn't need me to say that.
    Because you know better than the guy who has played in both tournaments and has nearly 20000 ranji runs. Pujara, Rahane and especially jaffer started or played most of their careers without t20 being a format, if today's players want to make a living they need to learn t20 skills as much as the other basic skills. Just because a few purists don't think so doesn't mean reality changes. A year in IPL earns you more money than multiple years in ranji and he isn't advising fans here but youngsters who want to make cricket a career choice.

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    He is right, being one-dimensional isn't good enough in modern Cricket. Future belongs to the likes of Gill and Shaw, who can not only do what Jafar, Rahane or Pujara did, but more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    It is not just about T20s. Pujara is a poor ODI player as well. Players who excel in multiple formats always enjoy a higher stature and deservedly so. They are simply better and more complete players.

    This isn’t the 70s and 80s anymore. In today’s times, the hallmark of a truly great player is his ability to do well in all three formats.

    Kohli is the face of Indian cricket because he is top class in all formats. Rohit is second in line because he is top class in two formats, and Pujara is in their shadow because he is successful in one format only, and even in that particular format, he is not the best in India.

    I know you will probably disagree and we have been through this before, but Pujara is not a better Test batsman than Kohli, and no team in the world would prefer to have the former over the latter in their team.

    You give Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand a choice between the two, and they will go for Kohli without thinking twice.

    It is absolutely true that Pujara does not have the same popularity and respect in India as Kohli and Rohit, but that is down to his own limitations and shortcomings as a player.

    I am obviously not condoning the behavior of the Karnataka fans, but Pujara or his fans cannot complain about his low profile. It is no one’s fault that he cannot excel in Limited Overs cricket.
    Doesn't matter if Pujara is just a test specialist.

    If he does his job well, it would give immense joy to a lot of fans.

    Even casual Indian fans are proud of India's number 1 test ranking while barely anyone speaks about how we destroyed SA and NZ 5-1 and 4-1 in the ODI series.

    In LOI, we mainly care about IPL, World T20 and World Cup.

    Also I never said Pujara is a better test batsman than Kohli overall.

    I said Pujara is much better in Asia.... quite possibly the greatest ever in Asia.

    I dont remember anyone playing as many crucial knocks as him in Asia.

    Without him, we would have actually lost 2 series outright and likely have struggled in a lot more.

    Western fans if given a choice would pick Kohli ahead of Pujara even in Asia....but that doesn't mean anything. They are simply going with brand name.

    The fact remains that Pujara has played the biggest role in India getting to the number one spot and staying there.

    The world may not recognize it citing his inability in LOI but that doesn't change the truth.

    Truth is truth regardless of whether people accept it or not.

    Pujara is the hero that we Indian fans need but don't deserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    This is heartbreakingly sad.

    Someone like Pujara has done things that even our bona-fide ATGs couldn't do.

    Yet last month, there were a lot of ungrateful Karnataka fans who called him a "cheat" (both in the stadium and on Twitter) just because he didn't walk in a Ranji game.

    Had it been Kohli or Rohit, they wouldn't have shown this much outrage.

    I can't even begin to express my disgust at these people who don't even realize Pujara is the one who is most responsible for our number 1 streak.

    Sadly image in cricket is all about T20 skills.
    Karnataka fans would have bashed anyone
    Even their local lad KLR isn't liked by some of then because he trolled RCB in a video

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    It is not just about T20s. Pujara is a poor ODI player as well. Players who excel in multiple formats always enjoy a higher stature and deservedly so. They are simply better and more complete players.

    This isn’t the 70s and 80s anymore. In today’s times, the hallmark of a truly great player is his ability to do well in all three formats.

    Kohli is the face of Indian cricket because he is top class in all formats. Rohit is second in line because he is top class in two formats, and Pujara is in their shadow because he is successful in one format only, and even in that particular format, he is not the best in India.

    I know you will probably disagree and we have been through this before, but Pujara is not a better Test batsman than Kohli, and no team in the world would prefer to have the former over the latter in their team.

    You give Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand a choice between the two, and they will go for Kohli without thinking twice.

    It is absolutely true that Pujara does not have the same popularity and respect in India as Kohli and Rohit, but that is down to his own limitations and shortcomings as a player.

    I am obviously not condoning the behavior of the Karnataka fans, but Pujara or his fans cannot complain about his low profile. It is no one’s fault that he cannot excel in Limited Overs cricket.
    Agree with you

    Even in the past someone like VVS Laxman didn't have a huge fan following,he has infact played few good knocks in odis still casual fans don't list him among their fav players

    whereas Yuvraj was a superstar
    An average test cricketer but a top class limited format player
    His Performance in 2011 WC gave him an iconic status


    No doubt test cricket is the most important format but in India most fans prefer odis over tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    One of the unluckiest players in Indian history. His double-hundreds against Pakistan and the West Indies were masterclass knocks.

    His consistency was not up to the Indian standards, but with his temperament, he would have eventually found a way to be prolific at the Test level as well.

    Unfortunately for him, there was too much competition in the form of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhawan and Vijay.

    In Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, he would have been a Test great.
    Yes with his average lower then Hafeez he would have been great of us.

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    Fills one with sadness reading this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Yes with his average lower then Hafeez he would have been great of us.
    Last time i checked, Babar averages less than Hafeez. He is pretty useful, isn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    Last time i checked, Babar averages less than Hafeez. He is pretty useful, isn't he?
    Babar Azam still after horrific start to his test career averages more then Wasim Jaffar.

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    There's more to test cricket than meets the eye but the world has moved on from it. This is the world of fast food and rap music, there are purists who'd love to listen to Chopin everyday for the rest of their lives, or go crazy over Janine Jenson playing a rendition of Vivaldi but that's a minority segment now. (One look at the all-time most played YouTube videos is proof enough that this new reality of ours does not have a major place for the old classics anymore).

    This changing of the guard or the transition phase is always slightly tragic as the old hasn't really left and the young hasn't really taken over but the process eventually reaches a conclusion. Eventually the past diminishes into nostalgia, the present replaces it and life moves on; only for the cycle to repeat again, and again.

    Jaffar may sound bitter to some but he is right. There's a place for antiquities and museums are prime real-estate but for now, all young kids in India should try to get aboard the IPL money train. There's enough sun for everyone; and maybe life permitting, someday we'll be watching Pujara's batting highlights with the same fondness as we have for some of Beethoven's magic being reinacted in a giant opera house.

    @sensible-indian-fan also it's sad that Pujara gets bullied for no real reason while others get away with worse.


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    Wasim Jaffer is spot on and it's great to see a player from the last gen. embrace the modern game. If you want to be a complete player you need to excel in all 3 formats.

    Also what you'll find with players who aren't so useful in white ball cricket they are far more limited players in tests, lacking with their arsenal of shots and as a result usually score their runs a lot slower in the longest format of the sport. Take the examples of Pujara, Rahane, Azhar Ali and etc. When these players retire they won't leave much of a legacy.

    Test cricket in the current era has changed due to the batting friendly nature of it and thus the game demands batsmen to score their runs more swiftly, which is very much in contrast to the previous generations requiring more attrition style of cricket. After all Warner and Butler (last year) made their way into tests following success in domestic T20 leagues and these decisions have reaped benefits for their respective sides.

    Sky Sports did a programme some years ago which came as a shock at the time after revealing their expectations with the future of red ball cricket which would see T20s being the route to test call-ups. Now it seems like they caught on to this a lot earlier than most cricket think tanks and perhaps explains why England are now one of the top two ODI sides in the world. Whether we like it or not, we have to embrace the modern game and think outside the traditionalist box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Yes with his average lower then Hafeez he would have been great of us.
    Yes, an opener who can score a double-hundred against Pakistan will be great for Pakistan. His peak was wasted in India, but during that period, we had legends like Hafeez, Farhat and Taufeeq opening for us. He would have piled up mountains of runs for Pakistan on those UAE tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Babar Azam still after horrific start to his test career averages more then Wasim Jaffar.
    So does Hafeez more than Babar. Rahul after horrific last year averages same as Babar after his fantastic run. Rohit Sharma averages more than all of them. What my point is there are different circumstances that dictates the averages. You just can't push away certain player based on their averages. If that was the case, Babar would have been booted out of the team before last year. Hope you got the gist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    Doesn't matter if Pujara is just a test specialist.

    If he does his job well, it would give immense joy to a lot of fans.

    Even casual Indian fans are proud of India's number 1 test ranking while barely anyone speaks about how we destroyed SA and NZ 5-1 and 4-1 in the ODI series.

    In LOI, we mainly care about IPL, World T20 and World Cup.

    Also I never said Pujara is a better test batsman than Kohli overall.

    I said Pujara is much better in Asia.... quite possibly the greatest ever in Asia.

    I dont remember anyone playing as many crucial knocks as him in Asia.

    Without him, we would have actually lost 2 series outright and likely have struggled in a lot more.

    Western fans if given a choice would pick Kohli ahead of Pujara even in Asia....but that doesn't mean anything. They are simply going with brand name.

    The fact remains that Pujara has played the biggest role in India getting to the number one spot and staying there.

    The world may not recognize it citing his inability in LOI but that doesn't change the truth.

    Truth is truth regardless of whether people accept it or not.

    Pujara is the hero that we Indian fans need but don't deserve.
    POTW, People need to be objective instead of becoming Test Elitist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    So does Hafeez more than Babar. Rahul after horrific last year averages same as Babar after his fantastic run. Rohit Sharma averages more than all of them. What my point is there are different circumstances that dictates the averages. You just can't push away certain player based on their averages. If that was the case, Babar would have been booted out of the team before last year. Hope you got the gist.
    The difference is that Wasim has retired, this logic would have been fine if he was going to play in future which he's not. The rest of the guys are playing their might improve or may go down, with wasim it's not the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes, an opener who can score a double-hundred against Pakistan will be great for Pakistan. His peak was wasted in India, but during that period, we had legends like Hafeez, Farhat and Taufeeq opening for us. He would have piled up mountains of runs for Pakistan on those UAE tracks.
    2 of them legends still average more then this GOAT, We wasted taufeeq umar too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    The difference is that Wasim has retired, this logic would have been fine if he was going to play in future which he's not. The rest of the guys are playing their might improve or may go down, with wasim it's not the case.
    The gist of the point Mamoon was putting forward was Wasim Jaffer was discarded soon when he couldve been given some more chances.

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    Wasim is spot on here.

    People are missing the point.

    At the end of the day there are only 11 places in Indian team. Out of which 5-7 places would be occupied with players who play multiple formats just because they are good.

    Wasim is talking to youngsters here and he knows not everyone of then will be good enough to play for Indian team.. His advice is based on the reality which is simple to earn a good living in cricket and be a superstar even with limited talent you have to have T20 skills.

    A test bat like Rahane or Pujara are superstars in their own right however not every kid who follows their path will get to be in Indian team.. 99.99% of the kids would not be good enough so it's better for those 99.99% kids to follow in footsteps of someone like Kohli or Bumrah and work on T20 skills as well.

    Even if they are not good enough to be in Indian team they can still make good money playing domestic/regional T20 leagues and foreign T20 leagues.. In addition there is always the IPL which in future has a good chance of expanding and having more opportunities for more kids..

    People don't need to get emotional, no one is saying we are not proud of Rahane or Pujara they are our heroes and we are obviously proud of them however its just logic that you would advice kids to follow a path where the chances of success are higher and rewards are also higher..

    Simple as that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    The gist of the point Mamoon was putting forward was Wasim Jaffer was discarded soon when he couldve been given some more chances.
    I don't dissagree with that but to say he would have scored 10,000 plus runs if he played for a different team then India is ridiculous to say the least. If he was so good i am sure he would have replaced gambir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    The gist of the point Mamoon was putting forward was Wasim Jaffer was discarded soon when he couldve been given some more chances.
    He was given decent chances we had Sadagopan Ramesh, Shiv Sundar das, deep das Gupta, akash chopra etc opening for us in test matches.. Wasim jaffar was a legend in rankings scene however he just couldn't deliver as big in international cricket as we had hoped..

    Then the masterstroke of sehwag opening and a player named "gambhir" emerged and that was end of his international career..
    Gambhir took his chances whereas Wasim could not.. Maybe he just couldn't cope up with the mental pressure to fulfil his true potential or maybe he was very unlucky or maybe he just wasn't gold enough to be a great opener I dont know what it was but he was just a shadow of his ranji form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    I don't dissagree with that but to say he would have scored 10,000 plus runs if he played for a different team then India is ridiculous to say the least. If he was so good i am sure he would have replaced gambir.
    10000 was an exaggeration just to convey across the point i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    10000 was an exaggeration just to convey across the point i guess.
    Or to say India was so good they he could have made every other team other then india, even sehwag didn't get 10k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddy View Post
    POTW, People need to be objective instead of becoming Test Elitist.
    I suppose you wanted to quote Mamoon but quoted me.

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    The fans of Yuvi compared to Lax shows the importance of LOI when it comes to popularity.

    If you are a test specialist, you won't hav great fame unless you become an ATG.

    Even then its not guaranteed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoUgandaCranes View Post
    There's more to test cricket than meets the eye but the world has moved on from it. This is the world of fast food and rap music, there are purists who'd love to listen to Chopin everyday for the rest of their lives, or go crazy over Janine Jenson playing a rendition of Vivaldi but that's a minority segment now. (One look at the all-time most played YouTube videos is proof enough that this new reality of ours does not have a major place for the old classics anymore).

    This changing of the guard or the transition phase is always slightly tragic as the old hasn't really left and the young hasn't really taken over but the process eventually reaches a conclusion. Eventually the past diminishes into nostalgia, the present replaces it and life moves on; only for the cycle to repeat again, and again.

    Jaffar may sound bitter to some but he is right. There's a place for antiquities and museums are prime real-estate but for now, all young kids in India should try to get aboard the IPL money train. There's enough sun for everyone; and maybe life permitting, someday we'll be watching Pujara's batting highlights with the same fondness as we have for some of Beethoven's magic being reinacted in a giant opera house.

    @sensible-indian-fan also it's sad that Pujara gets bullied for no real reason while others get away with worse.
    Beautifully put.

    10 years and this transition will be well and truly over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes, an opener who can score a double-hundred against Pakistan will be great for Pakistan. His peak was wasted in India, but during that period, we had legends like Hafeez, Farhat and Taufeeq opening for us. He would have piled up mountains of runs for Pakistan on those UAE tracks.
    Taufeeq was one of Pakistan’s better openers on his maiden trip to South Africa he put up a century and two half centuries at a time when Pakistan’s leading lights (and India’s for that matter) were struggling to reach 30 in South Africa. Despite being head and shoulders above inzi, Moyo, and yk on that tour he was dropped by uncle woolmer who joined Pakistan right before the 2004 away series to Australia. In his wisdom imran Farhat was the better player. Thereafter Taufeeq was one game in one game out for most of his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    Taufeeq was one of Pakistan’s better openers on his maiden trip to South Africa he put up a century and two half centuries at a time when Pakistan’s leading lights (and India’s for that matter) were struggling to reach 30 in South Africa. Despite being head and shoulders above inzi, Moyo, and yk on that tour he was dropped by uncle woolmer who joined Pakistan right before the 2004 away series to Australia. In his wisdom imran Farhat was the better player. Thereafter Taufeeq was one game in one game out for most of his career.
    Wasim Jaffer was a GOAT such a shame even after 30 matches he failed to cement his place, but hey if he played for Pakistan he would have been our best ever opener or even best ever batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Wasim Jaffer was a GOAT such a shame even after 30 matches he failed to cement his place, but hey if he played for Pakistan he would have been our best ever opener or even best ever batsmen.
    Seeing how pathetic your batting standards are Jaffer would surely be an atg had he played for Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul1 View Post
    Seeing how pathetic your batting standards are Jaffer would surely be an atg had he played for Pakistan.
    He averages more then Karthik maybe you guys need him more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    He averages more then Karthik maybe you guys need him more.
    You can have him too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul1 View Post
    You can have him too.
    You don't have a reply. Thanks for coming.


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    Be like Kohli you cover all the bases

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    Just because you don't follow Pujara doesn't mean you follow Rohit sharma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    It is not just about T20s. Pujara is a poor ODI player as well.
    Not sure you can say that based on 5 ODIs. Pujara has a List A average of 54.20. Among the best in India. Played many an innings at 90+ SR too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Its sad though golf has a viewership but test cricket doesn't , I don't see any youngster(below 20) interested in test cricket.
    Competitions and tournaments give sense of purpose and make it more interesting for the viewers. At the moment test cricket has nothing but rankings.

    Hopefully with test championship things can change if ICC can execute that in a professional manner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    This is heartbreakingly sad.

    Someone like Pujara has done things that even our bona-fide ATGs couldn't do.

    Yet last month, there were a lot of ungrateful Karnataka fans who called him a "cheat" (both in the stadium and on Twitter) just because he didn't walk in a Ranji game.

    Had it been Kohli or Rohit, they wouldn't have shown this much outrage.

    I can't even begin to express my disgust at these people who don't even realize Pujara is the one who is most responsible for our number 1 streak.

    Sadly image in cricket is all about T20 skills.
    As much as I like Pujara, you're overrating him a lot. We would still be #1 all this time even if Pujara never played for India.

    And the Karnatak fans probably wouldn't have shown that much outrage over Kohli (because of the RCB), but certainly would be annoyed if Rohit didn't walk even in a Ranji match.

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    Apparently bhhagvirubhaag and others know.more about Indian cricket than Indian cricket players. Some of us have been saying the importance and impact of IPL in selection to Indian LOI teams but it falls into deaf ears. Being stubborn makes one look foolish when the facts state otherwise. Anyway, Jaffer is right. Times have changed. One needs to adapt to survive or be prepared to perish.

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    Kohli puts his priority in Tests which is good. He knows he can scores runs in One dayers eyes closed. But his top priority is Tests. You could see him skipping lot of one dayers, T20s. But apart from one Afghanistan test he doesn't miss any tests. May be Jaffer could have worded better. There is absolutely nothing wrong with following Pujara. There is no restriction you should follow only one batsman. You could bat like Pujara in Tests, bat like Kohli in one dayers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    As much as I like Pujara, you're overrating him a lot. We would still be #1 all this time even if Pujara never played for India.
    Nah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensible-indian-fan View Post
    Nah.
    What if Pujara is there and not Kohli?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    As much as I like Pujara, you're overrating him a lot. We would still be #1 all this time even if Pujara never played for India.

    And the Karnatak fans probably wouldn't have shown that much outrage over Kohli (because of the RCB), but certainly would be annoyed if Rohit didn't walk even in a Ranji match.
    We certainly would not have won the first ever Test series in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    What if Pujara is there and not Kohli?
    More wins in Asia than if Kohli was there but not Pujara.


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