Faiz Fazal, who just led Vidarbha towards their second consecutive Ranji Trophy title, is one of the prolific run-getters in the Indian domestic circuit as well. And on the back that, the 33-year-old wants to wear those prestigious Test match whites for the country someday.
Left-hand opening batsman has genuine claims to be recognised by the national selectors in the future. He tallies 6,895 runs across his 99 first-class games at an average of 41.8.
"It is not easy to get into the Indian team. To perform in Ranji consistently is also very difficult. Cricketers who have been playing international for long will agree on that," Fazal, who actually played an ODI for India in 2015, told Sportstar.
"The wickets and conditions are different. There is a lot of travel. You tell me, who plays 11 Test matches in a row? We have been through that grind and all were high-pressure games."
"By god’s grace, I have been performing [752 runs in 2018-19 and 912 runs in 2017-18] consistently. It has improved in these years. I definitely want to play for India. That aim is still intact."
"I want to play Test cricket for India. Now it all depends on the selectors. We won the Ranji last year as well, but only one player [Rajneesh Gurbani] has played India A."
While they've just clinched an amazing victory, only one Vidarbha player has played for India A in recent times, as Fazal reiterated. Their captain then further dwelled on this matter and said, "I really don’t know what’s the reason. Many of our players are ready for India, I feel, including me. It is essential to self-promote these days."
"You can’t ignore performances for two years. I am hopeful that this year there will be more cricketers from Vidarbha to go to the higher level."
"This is otherwise a disappointment for us. There is no point if you don’t get rewards for your game. We don’t want monetary rewards. That is secondary in sports."