Wasim Jaffer was once again ignored by the national selectors on Monday, but the domestic run-machine remains hopeful of a comeback to the Indian team after nearly five years
Monday was the closest the Mumbai opener came as far as making a comeback to Team India is concerned, since being dropped after the Test against South Africa (Kanpur, April 2008). Riding high on a fabulous Ranji Trophy season, the stylish batsman was very much in the reckoning given the prolonged slump in form of India openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. The axe finally fell on Gambhir for the first two Tests against Australia, but Sandeep Patil & Co picked Shikhar Dhawan instead.
"I have not lost hope. My job is to score runs. The rest is up to the selectors," Jaffer, who seemed visibly upset with the selection news, told MiD DAY. When asked if he had hopes of making the cut for the remaining two Tests, Jaffer said: "I am always hopeful of opportunities."