Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Mumbai, 2nd day

Tough Jaffer revives comeback hopes

Age may not be on his side, but Jaffer's prolific run should merit more than an outside chance of being considered for selection

Siddhartha Talya in Mumbai

February 7, 2013

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Wasim Jaffer prepares to play a cut, Mumbai v Bengal, Group A, Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Mumbai, December 1, 2012
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In 2007-08, an opener batted with a badly injured hand in the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium, scored an unbeaten second-innings century to hand Delhi the title and eventually won his place back in the Indian Test side. The man he replaced had been struggling on the tour of Australia, but five years on the situation appears to have reversed for Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer, who has perhaps shown a greater hunger to play and perform, amid tragic circumstances.

This year Jaffer batted at the same venue in the final of the same tournament, and scored a century that helped Mumbai to their 40th Ranji title. He lost his father - who was battling for life in hospital for almost half the season - three days after being named Man of the Match in the final against Saurashtra and completing a competition in which he averaged 76. As difficult as events have been off the field, Jaffer has shown a determination and commitment to score runs for Mumbai, practiced with the team, and piled it on in what has been a prolific season.

Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag - who has been struggling himself - are likely starters for the Australia Tests but Jaffer's run merits more than an outside chance. Sure, India would prefer a younger alternative to someone about to turn 35, but the selectors going back to M Vijay, who had a highest of 42 in eight innings this Ranji season and lost his place in the Test team in 2011, to play for Rest of India shows a scarcity of options. Gambhir has a superior record in Tests, his struggles have come against better bowling attacks than those on offer on the domestic circuit, and has had a relatively better run in ODIs including a match-winning innings in the World Cup final, but his place in the Test side, just as his opening partner's, hasn't been above scrutiny.

In the last three years, Gambhir has averaged 31 in Tests and is still searching for a three-figure score in that time. Sehwag has lost his place in the ODI side, and failed to fire in six straight innings against England. In this season alone, on the only stage he's played, Jaffer has hit three centuries, five half-centuries, and reclaimed his Ranji record for most runs. He returned to play the Irani Cup despite his personal loss, and made 80. His innings on the second day was cut short when he belatedly withdrew his bat after nicking Sreesanth, but his knock was assured, free-flowing, littered with boundaries through the off side, and the landmark of 50 runs seemed a routine achievement given how his season has panned out.

The national selection panel has been watching the proceedings at the Wankhede Stadium. One member, Vikram Rathour, is coaching Rest of India. There has been an increasing demand on the one hand to groom more youngsters as part of a long-term plan that includes India's overseas assignments, starting with the tour of South Africa at the end of this year. On the other, there's the immediate concern of taking on Australia at home after having returned from two disastrous tours and losing to England in India for the first time in 28 years. These are desperate times, and if the selectors who meet to pick the squad on February 10 view them as such, considering Jaffer as an opening option should not be ruled out.

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Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

what was the qualification for M Vijay as compared to Jaffer ?? selecters are spoiling Indian Team if they are playing politics like all area players are required in team india then Mukund is far better than Vijay.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

If age is the real reason, then what is sachin tendulkar doing in the team. Is it that BCCi have different criteria of age for openers .

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Am not too sure why you guys are pitching so much for a Gambhir replacement. If we see the last 3 years, we have had many players struggling. Rahul Dravid, VVS have been consumed up as a result and now we have silent murmurs for getting rid of SRT. We want to forget the fighting innings of Gambhhir during the last 3 years and recollect the fact that he is not scoring centuries. We need to get Gambhir and Murali Vijay to develop into a formidable opening pair that can wade us through the next 7-8 years.I remember the innings in Sydey, Mumbai and Kolkata where he performed when people around him failed. You remember all failures and attribute them to him. If he was so singly responsible for the failures imagine what he can do if he comes out of it. All he needs to do is stop chasing the delivery outside off stump. That is all he needs to do to bounce back.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 10, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

RIP elder Jaffer Saheb. Sadly, Wasim is 34 years old. Hope he gets a chance and succeeds for as long as he plays for India. Very humble man.

Posted by vathabivaranan on (February 10, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer and Rahane, and any other new player will have the benefit of playing against a quality fast bowlers of Australia and this will stand long when India face South African pacers in their tent.

Posted by isot on (February 9, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Age not a factor for Wasim Jaffer. No harm in giving him a chance even if he might be around only for a couple of years. There is no Test World Cup for which to groom the youngsters for.

Posted by Idie on (February 8, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

I guess Rohit sharma could be given a go for the first time in the test matches instead of ODI's. Maybe test match debut might bring out his flair and form.

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 8, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Students of cricket who have watched Jaffer,Vijay, Mukund, Rahane,Dhawan and Rahane lately would easily know the answer.Jaffer is miles ahead of those named here in terms of sheer class, range of shots, skill, temperament, style, capacity to build an inning, etc.Rahane would be a poor second best. However,Rahane should be in the team just in case Sehwag fails.Jaffer must replace Gambhi.He should have gone in 2011 itself.Jaffer has been waiting patiently for last two years for his test comeback performing superbly again and again in domestic cricket since 2008 but ignored again and again.Hope Sandeep Patil and his team will give Jaffer his due and provide required solidity at the top.Jaffer is good for another 2-3 years.By that time selectors must ready replacements.Names of Akshath Reddy,Jiwanjot Singh and Unmukt Chand readily come to mind.Food for thought..how about Kaif at No.6. Kaif is any day more complete batsman than Raina and Yuvraj and more suited for Tests and he is only 32.

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 8, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer even at 35 is the best Test opener on current form in the country today. Likes of Vijay, Mukund and Rahane do not come close to him in terms of sheer class, temperament, range of shots, and skill. After Australia series the next four Test series are abroad. Conditions abroad include lively fast pitches where ball swings and jumps like anything. Lesser mortals like Gambhir, Vijay, Mukund, Yuvraj, Raina with proven susceptibilities against fast short pitched and swinging stuff are more likely to fail than succeed. Hence the team needs solidity and skill. Jaffer has a couple of double hundreds on South African and West Indian tracks. He should have ideally replaced Gambhir more than a year ago but for his strong backing in Delhi cricket.Sehwag should be retained for the Austarlian series but with an assurance that he will be responsible enough with no rash strokes.His sheer talent and track record should put him through the selection on Feb10th. Sehwag deserves another chance

Posted by sonipatX1 on (February 8, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Look at all the sehwag greatest innings...mcg-195, multan-309, sl-220*...every time he had a partner on the other end who maintained composure & solidity which is certainly missing in GG. i Guess jaffer batting along sehwag would also help me find his touch

Posted by AjberTheGangulian on (February 8, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Age shouldn't be a factor but his performance abroad was poor and he continuesly failed against the bouncing balls.. He did nothing for a come back.. A few centuries in subcontinent do not prove anything

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 8, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

I dont understand why he should be denied a chance even if he is 35. Its not as if a youngster who comes in the team in prime form remains in form for 10 years solving opener issue once and for all. Every player goes through lean patch and some other player is in purple patch at same time. So even if Jaffer proves to be good opener just for 2 years its better to take some other failure in hope of regaining his form at cost of Indian cricket.. Selection should be purely on merit and form of the time.

Posted by Idie on (February 8, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

For all those who want Badri (regional bias selection); here are his scores in the last 6 matches he played 0, 8, 22, 75, 2, 0 and this is in corporate trophy where very few bowlers are of international class. Compare that to Jaffer's last 6 scores - 83, 132, 15, 150, 33, 171. Now decide !! The selectors should pick the best team based on current performances; how many players came out good due to grooming. I dont think that ever works. Use a player to play for the country if he is in good form; ofcourse class is equally important. My team would be: rahane, jaffer, pujara, sachin, sehwag, kohli, parthiv, zaheer umesh, mishra, ashwin

Posted by anuajm on (February 8, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Gambhir was the best thing to happen to Indian cricket sometime back. He had the determination to grind out in tough situations which is an important trait in overseas conditions. He never threw is wicket and with him around India was always in hunt in any match. WC final is a great example. Something then happened when arrogance crept in and he decided to overlook his deficiencies and mistakes and work on them. Same goes for Sehwag. Gambhir is definitely not in my test team. I would take a young 35 (yes 35 is young lets stop getting age unnecessarily for a player who can still play 3-4 years easily) Jaffer as opener along with Rahane. Followed by Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Sehwag and Dhoni - this would be a solid combination. Sehwag needs to get back to middle order and learn to play according to the situation. I would keep Rohit near the squad as backup though i prefer Badri but i know Badri is not going to get selected. Let Rohit get his opportunity, 3-4 tests and see his mettle.

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 8, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I am wondering why Dinesh Karthik is not been considered for middle order slot. He is been sidelined for last 2 to 3 years perfectly. Someone deliberately blocking his chances. Why RG again and again and why not DK. Common guys DK,Kohli & RG fighting for middle order at the same time. But Kohli was great and he is there. But why RG again & again. DK can't be treated as a WK and he is middle order.

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 8, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Yes. Sidd. You are right. Jaffer good. He has to be included and also Badrinath since age should not be determining one's spot.

Posted by sparth on (February 8, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Age shouldn't be a factor. There is only so much grooming that can be done to a young player, however with the IPL and the riches it allows, these youngsters aren't grasping at the chances they get. Look at Rohit Sharma, he consistently fails - then he'll have one good day and go back to failing. How many more chances can we give him, we need to face that no amount of grooming will help him. If we have a player who is a older but still a very good and sound batsman then they should be in the team rather than wasting more chances with youngsters who aren't putting the effort to take control of the numerous chances they have been getting in the team

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Jaffer is extremely good against medium pace. He was also good in Indian conditions against pace. He handled Flintoff, Akhtar etc. He has failed only in England and Australia; Vijay on the other hand, had a triple century stand with Sachin in the last test he played against Australia in India. But both of them are slightly statuesque against the moving ball. As long as Johnson or Starc don't get inward movement, either of them will play well. Rahane also looks good, but he gets into no man's land were the ball to cut into him at speed. Other than Sreesanth bowling to Sachin today, runs in the Irani trophy will not mean anything against the Aussies, who will be 15 kph quicker

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Age is not the factor , sometimes an old horse wins the race . Enough we had seen Sehwag and Gambhir , we want to see a new opening pair . Both Jaffer and Vijay are amongst runs and they could be an identical pair to give us a good start . In the England series both the openers were a failure which made the middle order falter .In india we always runs for big names , if this is was Australia both the openers (Sehwag and Gambhir ) would have been rested .

Posted by vind_2801 on (February 8, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

jaffer is a flat track bully who wasted all the opportunities given. he can only score on dead pitches and at a very slow pace. vijay is far more versatile thn jaffer. badri gor no opputunity compared to what nohit or jaffer or others from mumbai got .badri just played 2 matches vijay played 12 tests .u cannot guage a player gving so little opportunities .pls publish

Posted by CricketChat on (February 8, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Gambhir, Shewag and Jaffer, none of these players have any future with Ind test team. Jaffer had his chances and came up short. M Vijay is another Jaffer in the making albeit even less successful. Whatever happened to Mukund, the opener from TN? He wasn't shabby in the few matches he played couple seasons ago. Clearly, Ind team is having difficulty finding decent openers these days.

Posted by Rajeshj on (February 8, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Gambhir's struggles have been against best bowling attacks (and also mediocre ones like WI and NZ).. Jaffer also had the same problem and how do you guarantee that he has changed these years.. Age is not a factor for Jaffer, but a big factor for Badri.. Harbhajan was lucky to get 2 wickets and the third one was a tailender.. still he merits a call-up.. common guys.. these double standards do tend to hurt Indian cricket..

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 8, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Jaffer has to be picked in squad ahead of Vijay or Mukund. 35 is not too old for an opener as long as his technique and temperament are good and he is in good form which is evident from his performance in this year's Ranji. I still feel Sehwag and Gambhir should play the first test and if one of them fail, he should be replaced by Jaffer.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 8, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Gambhir has to go, that is the fans' consensus. And neither is he a likeable fellow, his manoeuvres against Dhoni deserve censure. The only reason we don't have a backlash against Sehwag is that we view him thru rose-tinted glasses otherwise he doesn't merit a place in the side either. Too often Sehwag/Gambhir get a score just as they're about to be dropped and then embark on another barren run. Think Sehwag's ODI double ton as a perfect example.

Jaffer is a hard worker, something that can't be said about Sehwag whose "see ball, hit ball" strategy fails those whose hand-eye coordination has seen its best days. Viru never worked on his fitness (just look at his belly sticking out), doesn't like to put in the hard yards and stick it out in the middle, giving a hour or two to the bowlers. That arrogance worked in his younger days, he has failed to adapt. Time for him to go too.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 8, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Jaffer is nearly 35 and can be useful for team for atleast 2-3 years, as after the Australian series our next 4 assignments are on foreign soil, we definately need a batsmen who have class to weathered the new ball and play a useful innings other than playing rash shot (Sehwag), Poking to slips (Gambhir), nicking to slip (Vijay) or edged and bolwed (Mukund). So i hope Mr. Sandip Patil is reading this and will give chance to Jaffer to play again for India, he have fitness and techinque to get sucess.

Posted by cricfave on (February 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Gambhir has to go and Jaffer should come in his place. At least for the series against Aus & SA. Jaffer is a solid player with good technique. Gambhir's pokes outside the off-stump and his recent inability to get big scores justify this change. Hope the selectors take the right decision. Murali has not been very convincing and Rahane is more suited for the middle-order.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (February 8, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Jaffer, Sehwag, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Nayar, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuv Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ojha........ (Nayar can bowl, So pick him instead of Rahane).... Reserves: Rahane, Harbajan, Pandey, Vijay

Posted by jals on (February 8, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

By his current form Jaffer must come back in the Indian test team. Please selector don't go only for CSK players, CSK palyers are not only the one in Indian cricket. Jaffer need justice.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Curious case of Jafar for sure. He needs the opportunity for sure even if he is older than few other around because of two reasons. First is performance and second is experience at international stage. Yes at the age of 34 he is not making his debut but he will continue his career which was discontinued in 2007/8.

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 8, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

undoubtedly Jaffer has to open against Australia, he truly deserves the comeback!!!!

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 8, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Why age should be the criteria here when both openers have been woefully out of form. Gambhir hasn't selivered a 100 in last three years. Come on!! Jaffer should have been a CERTAINTY MORE THAN A YEAR AGO in place of Gambhir. I would still give Sehwag another stint at the top due to his class. Yes selectors need to speak to him about being more responsible. I would still keep him for this series and see if he performs so that he can go to South Africa. In any case I don't consider Murali Vijay or Mukund or Gambhir capable of handling likes of Sten, Philanderer and Kallis on South African tracks. So why take another chance with them. Jaffer has class, skills, range of shots, temperament and experience to handle likes of Siddle, Pattinson and Starc. I would bring back Harbhajan in place of Ashwin. Ashwin needs to go back to domestic cricket and develop some more skills. My team..Sehwag, Jaffer, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Sachin, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Buvanesh, Shami Ahmed, Ojha, Ishwar Pandey.

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 8, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Jaffer or even Navjot Singh Siddhu..! I dont want to see Gambhir again

Posted by Prats6 on (February 8, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@ TM , Jiwanjot looked horribly out of sorts against a moving ball. I am not sure about Jaffer, but if there is no one young, then we have to go to him and plan for someone in the next 2 years,

Posted by thesunravish on (February 8, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

My team against AUS 1.Murli Vijay 2.Wasim Jaffer 3.Chetswar Pujara 4.Sachin Tendulakr 5.Viral Kohli 6.Ravindra Jadeja/Ajinka 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbajan Singh 9.Buwneshwar Kumar 10.Pragyan Ojha/Ravindra Jadeja 11.Sreeshant 12.Ishwar Panday 13.Ajinka Rahane 14.Suresh Raina

Posted by amjadalip on (February 8, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Very Easy to decide lets see how selectors decide... Country or Commercial Interest Averages in last 15 ininings : Contentadors for openers Wasim Jaffer 70, Gambhir 30, Shewag 30, Vijay 28, Mukund 28, Jiwanjot 66( First Year let him proof 1 more year atleast )

as far TEST TEAM goes this is a best 11 - Wasim Jaffer, C Pujara,A Nayyar, Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni, Raina/A Nayyar, IC Pandey, B Kumar, Shami Ahmed, R Ashwin, Harbajan / Iqbal Abdulla

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Sehwag at 6 and Jaffer to open..!! Gambhir on notice.. The team aint big enough for both him and his poke to first slip..

Posted by cricket_frenzy on (February 8, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

why does age come a barrier? Jaffer is in good form and he must be given a chance. In this form he can easily play for about atleast 2.5 yrs from now. He can be given a try instead of sehwag/gambir

Posted by amjadalip on (February 8, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

LAST 14 INNINGS SCORE OF JAFFER ARE 80,132, 15,150, 33,171, 18,67,79, 71, 30, 19,51,61 i.e. AVERAGE NEARLY 70, as compare to Gambhir and Sehwag averages 0f 30... lets select the Best Opener, not like Vikay, Mukund ( because of shrikanth being chairman of selection and both were from tamil nadu ) they have been given enough opportunity and they fail in domestic condition how they will pay in south africa, still jaffer can play 3 years good cricket..

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (February 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

I don't know why Indian Cricket is the only among Top Cricket Nations where non-performing super stars can save their positions for long time.....Surely Jaffer deserves a chance right now.........BCCI have to genuinely adopt the perform or perish policy if it want to increase the public fan following...

Posted by realfan on (February 8, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

best time for india to bring back jaffer ... if he can play for 2 years selectors have best chance to groom new openers..... i am saying this because i dont think selectors will fancy rahane over vijay... they select vijay nw, he will be flop, again the process repeats.... simple as that......

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 8, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

Jaffer deserves a place in the Indian Test team in place of the clueless Gambhir. Jaffer and D Karthik did well against South Africa in 2006 in SA, and against England in 2007 in England. Jaffer had a bad series in Australia and he was dumped. Sehwag and Gambhir have had so many bad Test series in last 2 years, yet they are still in team India.

Posted by TM on (February 7, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

jiwanjot singh? anyone this guy is phenomenal

Posted by Dhanno on (February 7, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

Jaffer has no place in indian team. Pushing for Jaffer's selection now, is basically wasting some column space. This should have come 2 years ago when Jaffer was scoring heavily and Gambhir had not done anything worth his place for an year or so. Everything was pointing towards today's decline.Now Gambhir has his multi-million IPL deal, he has the attitude (the one where he proclaimed Aus/ Eng doctored pitches over 8-0 drubbing), audacity to ask for only flat pitches and then failing on those and to top it the backing of his captain. So basically he isnt going nowhere. He will make a fifty here and there and keep his place in all formats. His attitude is same as Dhoni/ Kohli, blame the pitch/ conditions/ opposition when you lose and act like tigers on pata pitches (in ODIs only, in Tests they cant even manage that anymore). So Gambhir/ Sehwag/ dhoni/kohli these guys are right at home in this indian lineup.

And Jaffer cant fit into this lineup of whiners !

Posted by SevereCritic on (February 7, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

When was the last time Jaffer opened against pacemen who consistently clock 145K+ in fast bouncy tracks? A Ranji bully does not necessarily indicate class at international level. India is going to SA soon. There they will play Steyn (145K+ impeccable seam bowling), Philander (130K technician), and Morkel (140k + right onto your chest).

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Jaffer has been really consistent in domestic cricket. However, he's almost 35. He's like the lamp that grows really bright before going off. So, we need some new ideas. If we don't have another opener who can replace Sehwag or Gambhir, why not consider promoting somebody for that slot? Even if not long term, why not as a stop gap? Neil McKenzie did open successfully for SA even if for a little while. So did Jacques Rudolph. The Matara Marauder (hope I spelt it right) Jayasurya started off at No.8 before being promoted as an opener. Our own Sachin did that even though it was only in ODI's. So if not Rahane or Vijay, try Raina or Rohit. Keep looking for the specialists, but if these guys click, why not?

Posted by S.Jagernath on (February 7, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

This could reaaly be a good move.Virender Sehwag is ageing & really wants to bat in the middle order.Sehwag is the perfect middle order batsman & Jaffer has shown that he has plenty of technique,especially during his century in S.A.Age isn't an issue,if he is fit enough,India can use him for a few years until there are new openers available

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 7, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

On current form, Jaffer is the best opener India has got. India's opening woes can be sorted out if Jaffer is given a chance. He did not do badly when he played for India. One of the reasons India won in England in 2007 under Dravid was solid opening by Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik. Jaffer is only 34, not "old" by any means by current standards. A lot of players are playing well past 35 these days. Jaffer's average when he played for India was around 35; much better than Gambhir's average in last 2-3 years. Jaffer had a bad series in Australia and he was dumped. Gambhir has had so many bad Test series in last 2 years. The same yardstick should be applied for Gambhir too. His technique has been exposed in Test cricket and he should dumped and replaced with in-form Jaffer.

Posted by Neeta on (February 7, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

God knows what is best for Indian cricket.I believe that these guys are putting their best efforts on the park and we will see a change in teams fortune sooner rather than later. The competition for places in the opening spot will only serve our team well for the future. I hope that Gambhir and Sehwag strike form from the Ist test itself because in-form opening pair of Viru-Gauti is the best in the world. It was this pair only along with SRT and VVS that took India to top spot in Test Cricket with Dravid being out of form along with the contributions of Zak Kumble Bhajji in the bowling department. Jaffer had been given a long run himself but he was quite inconsistent during his playing career while Gambhir had an amazing run of form for sometime. Rahane is being looked as a middle order bat and only two guys that is Dhawan and Vijay look good enough right now but they are also not there yet. Time for Unmukt and Mukund to step up and perform to their potential along with Dhawan & Vijay.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Jaffer needs to be given a shot, when he was dropped he was not as bad as the current openers are.

Posted by Dr_Bear on (February 7, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

I had an opportunity to watch Jaffer in Dec. during my stay in India in a Ranji match against MP. With his elegence he looked a class apart against one of the better domestic bowling sides, which included Ishwar Pandey and Anand Rajan! After following and watching live some of the most elegent Indian batsmen right from GRV, Surinder Amarnath, Azahruddin, VVS etc. I must say, Jaffer belongs to the same leage. He is such a treat to watch. Certainly miles ahead of Vijay and co. in shear class. It is a pity that he can not find a place in "this" (poor) Indian side!

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

he certainly deserves a comeback... Should atleast get his due. Wish u all the best Jaffer, U have been my favourite cricketer since 2006. Selectors, please select him!

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