Ignored By IPL, 30-Year-Old Faiz Fazal Reacts to India Selection
The 30-year-old Vidarbha player rode on strong domestic performances to earn an India call-up for the short limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe.
Faiz Fazal had also stopped expecting anything of late but now that he has earned his maiden India call-up, “the world seemed like a much beautiful place” for this left-hander.
A few years back when I had scored 700 plus runs in a Ranji season, I was expecting some good news but it never came and I was disappointed. Over the years, I had stopped expecting as then you don’t feel disappointed. Today when my father called me up, it felt as if the world around me seemed so beautiful. He is playing for a club in North Eastern Premier League.
Everyone expects to play for India but then everyone does not get a chance. I am happy that I have got an opportunity to play for the country. There are many competent domestic players, who have played 100-plus first-class games but never got selected for India. Mujhe der se hi saahi, chance milaa toh hain (even if its late, at least I have got a chance). I need to make it count if I get an opportunity to play, said Fazal, who has also played Ranji Trophy for the Railways.
I feel I am more matured having played 79 first-class matches (5341 runs), which means I have considerable experience at the domestic level.
I believe that match brought me into fame. Scoring a century in the fourth innings against Mumbai in Mumbai in a chase of 482. That will certainly remain a high-point of my domestic career. I batted seven hours and berth the chase after we grant 300-plus lead. That was special.
I don’t want to think on those lines. I would like to give my best and learn a few things from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.