Numerous Indian competitors have received high ratings, and it is believed that they will represent India in the future. Similarly, Prithvi Shaw and Sarfaraz Khan are among the players who have had really effective domestic seasons but have been unable to replicate that form thus far in the ongoing IPL 2023.
The former Indian opener believes that players like Prithvi Shaw, who have performed well in the past, will undoubtedly recover, and Jaffer supports his claim by stating that it has even occurred with greater players. It is not ideal for a player of Shaw’s caliber and given his past performances that he has tallied only 47 runs in six innings played.
Syed Mushtaq Ali, a veteran opener, cited the coveted tournament as evidence that in such competitions, players represent their respective state and, unlike in the IPL, they can always recover from setbacks due to the greater number of available opportunities. Many players are prepared to seize the opportunity if a player fails to meet expectations in the major cricket tournament. Taking up the case of Shaw, he remarked that such occurrences have occurred even with prominent IPL players, so the Mumbai-born batsman is not an exception to being out of form in the shortest format.
We have seen larger players haven’t done well: Jaffer
This is the only season in which Prithvi has not met expectations, but he has been a prolific scorer for Delhi alongside Warner. But this is possible. In this format, much larger competitors have not performed well. MyKhel cited Jaffer as saying, “Hopefully, he will come back even stronger,” and Jaffer was quoted as stating this.
The former Indian opener also mentioned domestic cricketer Sarfaraz Khan, who was in sublime form. However, the 25-year-old has failed woefully in the ongoing IPL 2023, scoring only 53 runs in 5 matches for Delhi Capitals.
“Sarfaraz had three productive domestic seasons as well. To achieve 1000 runs for nearly three seasons is unfathomable, but he hasn’t supported that with IPL performance,” Jaffer said. “If he wants to join the Indian team, he must match his domestic performance with IPL success. “Unfortunately, he has not done so,” Jaffer continued.
Notably, Sarfaraz has scored 3,505 runs at a batting average of 79.65 with 13 hundreds and nine fifties in 37 games, while Shaw has scored 3,679 runs at a batting average of 51.09 with 12 hundreds and fifteen fifties in 42 first-class matches. Meanwhile, the duo failed to capitalize on their IPL opportunity.
In addition, when discussing the difficulties encountered by players in the mega-event, Jaffer believes that price tag and performance hold the key, which raises the pressure level of the IPL to an entirely new level. In addition, he highlighted the disparity in bowling abilities and standards between the IPL and Indian domestic competitions. On Saturday, May 13, Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals will play a must-win match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.