Wasim Jaffer is one of the most popular batsmen going around Indian domestic cricket. The 42-year-old made his first-class debut in 1996, and in early 2020 he decided to hang up his boots. He spent most of his career for Mumbai before moving to Vidarbha. Jaffer won many titles for Mumbai, and later Vidarbha also mirrored those efforts.
In his profession, Jaffer played 260 first-class matches, scoring 19410 runs at 50.67. He is the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy history. Even though he is extraordinary compared to other batsmen in the Country, Wasim can’t become make it big at the international level. He played just 31 Tests, scoring 1944 runs at a normal of 34.10.
Although he has scored five Test centuries, including two 200+ scores, Jaffer has not been selected by Indian selectors since 2008. In a recent interview, the legendary player opened up about his Test career, claiming he had only played 31 Test matches.
Mentally, I was not there, says Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer asked if he had scored less in Tests, the batsman agreed. According to him, he was not very consistent, and after 2008 he revealed that he never played for India, as the country produced some excellent opening batsmen.
“Definitely, I would love to play more Tests. Maybe I’m not consistent. I’m no exception. My decline as an Indian cricketer coincides with the rise of some surprising opening batsmen.
The former Indian opener explained further when his form fell, which led to his exclusion. “The 2007-08 Test series in Australia accelerated my departure. Mentally, I wasn’t there. The conditions were good for the bat, but I didn’t do well. Brett Lee had my number. He was bowling very well, but I had to do something to deal with him. Some things not meant to happen,” the 42-year-old said.
Wasim Jaffer made a terrible trip to Australia in 2007-08. He managed to score only 47 runs in six innings. Following this, he had another unfortunate series at home with South Africa, paved the way for a change to the top of the order. Gautam Gambhir replaced him in the next series against Sri Lanka and became one of the most famous Test openers in India.