Domestic giant Faiz Fazal laments not getting enough chances for India

Domestic giant Faiz Fazal laments not getting enough chances for India

In a career spanning over 20 years, Faiz Fazal played 138 first-class matches for Vidarbha and scored 9184 runs at an average of 41.

Former India batsman Faiz Fazal, a domestic giant, recently retired from competitive cricket after Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy match against Haryana. In an otherwise stellar career, the veteran could only only play one ODI for the national team, where he scored a fifty as well, against Zimbabwe in 2016, but never got a chance to play again.

Now in an interview, Faiz has revealed that he was hurt and disappointed at not getting more chances for playing for the country.

“I’m a very emotional guy. Small things hurt me, or small things make me really happy. And earning that India cap was the proudest moment for me and the family. That was the biggest high. You can look back and say, ‘oh it was just one game’, but also, I was the only one in that squad who didn’t play in the IPL,” Fazal told ESPNCricinfo.

“So, I looked at that opportunity as a reward for my domestic grind. Did I feel disappointed and hurt at not getting another chance? One hundred percent. Did it affect me? It definitely did. But then, you also realise how lucky you are,” he added.

The highlight of his career though were, winning back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles, and was the captain of the team on both occasions.


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