Wasim Jaffer has been around for a while now but has yet to cement his place in India's Test squad. Ironically, though, he has often been regarded as one of the best players in the country in the longest version of the game and yet finds himself on the fringes of selection. But, what's worse is that the 'tag' of being a fine Test player has denied him a place in the other formats as well.
HT caught up with the player on the sidelines of the Sahara BCCI Corporate Trophy where is leading the Indian Oil team.
On the Corporate Trophy
I think it is a very good move by the Board. The corporates used to play in their own zones. Then there are not many opportunities for players to get a good job these days, so this might even generate jobs for players. Added to that, this is the start of season, so this tournament offers good match practice.
On the advent of T20s
I have my doubts if players really enjoy playing T20s, it's the public that enjoys watching it and that brings in the money. But, I suppose, Tests still stay as the main event for them to perform. But since the T20 brings in money with it, the format is welcoming.
On being regarded as one of the finest Test players in the country
I won't say that I particularly like that tag. Obviously, Test cricket is the best and you do like to perform in it, and I have done that in the past. But, just because I have scored runs in Tests doesn't mean I can't score runs in a one-day or T20 match.
I have performed well in one-dayers in the domestic circuit. I played well in the Deodhar Trophy, scored a hundred in the final and then even scored a couple of 50s in the first IPL. I don't think it is right to categorise a player in strict compartments. If a player is good, he is good in all formats. Maybe it is because of this tag I am not getting enough opportunities in the shorter versions.
On the present cricket calendar
There is a lot of cricket happening today. The people and sponsors both want more T20 matches, so there are a more matches happening in a short space of time. From a player's perspective, I think it's important to adapt to all formats. Today's players can adapt better than the players of the past as T20s weren't there and even ODIs were few.
On older players performing in the IPL
If you have scored runs in Tests than you should be able to adapt to all formats of the game. And it showed in the IPL in South Africa, in tougher conditions, where wickets were doing a bit, players around the age of 35 came good. It showed that good technique and experience matters.
On his plans to stage a comeback
I scored about 1260 runs in the last Ranji Trophy and overall I scored 2000 runs in the last calendar year. This is all that I can do. I don't think the selectors have noticed that I have scored so many runs. I think I will have to do that again and make them realise that I am around.