It was an amazing feeling when 30 year old Faiz Fazal got his maiden Indian call. The world seemed like a much beautiful place for the Vidarbha left-hander. Vidarbha batsman Faiz Fazal is one of five uncapped players in India’s weakened ODI and T20I squads for the tour of Zimbabwe in June. The others are spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav, and batsmen Karun Nair and Mandeep Singh. KL Rahul is uncapped in the limited-overs formats. The selectors met on Sunday in Mumbai and chose the same 16-man squad for both ODIs and T20Is.
“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. It was unexpected but felt amazing,” Fazal told.
“Everyone expects to play for India but then everyone does not get a chance. I am happy that I have got an opportunity to represent 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.
Fazal believes that he came into prominence for his match-winning 127 against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in the Irani Cup match this season, where Rest of India chased down a mammoth 480 in the fourth innings.
“I believe that match brought me into prominence. 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 anchored the chase after we conceded 300-plus lead. That was special.” he said.
India won’t be playing any more limited overs fixtures in next one year and it may mean that Fazal, if he gets a chance and does well, might get confined to the fringes once again
“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. Which cricketer in India does not want to play under someone like Dhoni,” concluded Fazal.