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Faiz Fazal says 'disappointed that I could not continue my place in Indian team'

Faiz Fazal also shared his experience of being a captain and how difficult it is to be a captain.

Faiz Fazal says 'disappointed that I could not continue my place in Indian team'

Faiz Fazal, a domestic veteran and Ranji Trophy-winning skipper with Vidarbha recently named Australia’s Tim Paine and India’s Virat Kohli as two of the best captains in the world right now. In a recent interaction on Sports Tiger’s show ‘Off the Field’, on being asked who the best captain in the world, Faiz said, “I am a fan of Tim Paine, he is very good as a Test captain, Virat is also very good in Tests.”

He also shared his experience of being a captain and how difficult it is to be a captain. He said, “I love captaining Vidarbha. I have been very fortunate to get some amazing cricketers in my side. Even when I was leading in the Duleep Trophy, I had some amazing cricketers in that team as well.” He also added, “You cannot teach a lot, it comes naturally.”

Faiz has had exceptional domestic seasons in the past few years where he has led his team Vidarbha to back to back Ranji Trophy title victories in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

On being asked about him not getting a call to the national team after scoring a half-century in his debut match, Faiz said, “The competition in team India is very tight, I feel very fortunate that I played for India because that was the aim, to play for the country. Nothing can be compared with that. But I still aim to play for the Test team. But, yes, I feel disappointed that I could not continue my place in the Indian team.”

File photo of Faiz Fazal. Photo Courtesy: Faiz Fazal official Facebook page.

File photo of Faiz Fazal. Photo Courtesy: Faiz Fazal official Facebook page.

He added, “The game itself is my motivation and I love playing cricket at any stage. That’s why even in the offseason, unfortunately, this season, I could not go but I always travel to the UK and play the premier league there.”

Faiz also spoke about the young cricketers in the country. From the current U-19 Indian cricket team, Priyam Garg is someone Faiz believes is a really great talent who will make it big. During the show, on being asked about his fondest memories on the cricket field, Faiz said, “When I got my India cap and second is when I got the Ranji Trophy in my hands.”

A champion domestic cricketer who scored 1001 and 942 first-class runs in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively, Faiz Fazal also represented India in a solitary ODI against Zimbabwe in 2016 where he scored a half-century.

(Via Press Release)

Updated Date: August 12, 2020 10:32:44 IST

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