‘Cricketers are respected only if they perform across formats’: Wasim Jaffer
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: March 15, 2020 10:21:48 pm


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Former India participant Wasim Jaffer says present-day cricketers might be “respected and recognised” only if they obtain success in all three codecs of the sport.

Domestic heavyweight Jaffer lately introduced retirement from all types of cricket after 24-year-old first-class profession throughout which he amassed near 20000 runs.

“You will be recognised and respected only if you fit in all three formats. I am not saying (Cheteshwar) Pujara is not respected, but then obviously he is going to play only Test cricket and no other format,” Jaffer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.

Jaffer performed only two ODIs however scored 1944 runs in 31 Tests for India and holds the document for the second-highest particular person rating by an Indian within the West Indies.

“I feel time has modified. Even in my time I really feel numerous gamers like Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman, I don’t suppose they acquired their worth,” Jaffer mentioned.

“A player playing with them in a Test match knows how important those players are. But you know we have to go with the time. A lot of importance is given to T20 cricket.”

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He spoke concerning the commercialisation of the sport and the way it performs a task.

“The people who are in marketing business or advertising business want somebody who is seen more on the TV, somebody who is glamorous or someone who plays the brand of cricket the crowd likes,” Jaffer mentioned.

“But you’ll be able to’t devalue somebody who performs T20 cricket as a result of that’s the demand of the sport these days.

“What I feel is, in today’s age and day, the cricketer needs to adapt himself to all three formats. You can’t just play Test cricket or you can’t just play T20 cricket.”

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Jaffer has briefly performed within the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore and is at the moment the batting coach at Kings XI Punjab.

“I feel these days numerous significance is given to the IPL, which I don’t suppose is improper. It provides numerous kids a platform to perform towards some high worldwide gamers.

“So I don’t think it is wrong but I think we don’t need to devalue the performances in domestic cricket,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that performances in home cricket, significantly the Ranji Trophy, must be rewarded.

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“Plenty of onerous work goes into a man getting 1000 runs or 40-50 wickets in a single season of the Ranji Trophy. Plenty of effort and dedication goes into this.

“We need to value those performances also. Someone who is doing such performances year in and year out needs to be given their due for performing so consistently,” he mentioned.

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