I was told I’m old. Selectors said ‘above 30, we’re not picking anyone’ | Cricket

The Indian domestic cricket circuit has a long and cherished history. It may have fallen behind the IPL in terms of popularity, but the Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy tournaments are still the backbone of Indian cricket. Players like Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer are now an integral part of the Indian international set-up, all of which are products of an impressive core domestic setup.

But while most have come to realize their dream of playing for India, some are still waiting for that unavoidable first call. One such player is Sourashtra wicketkeeper-batter Sheldon Jackson. The 35-year-old, who recently played in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, is awaiting his debut in India in 79 first-class matches, despite scoring 5947 runs at an impressive average of 50.39. Jackson’s absence has been a subject of debate ever since, and former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has repeatedly expressed surprise over his departure.

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Though Jackson, Jalaj Saxena and Akshay Waqare have been successful in the domestic circuit, their Indian dream has not yet come true. Jackson’s case is more interesting because he’s a solid wicket-keeper batter but somehow the selectors have always managed to get past him. Jackson is quite confused with selectors constantly ignoring him because he made some interesting revelations.

“To be honest, it’s not just this year, it’s been there ever since. The amount of runs and the rate I got them; I think there are not many in the country. Told SportsKeeda.

“There was no communication (why I was not selected) but when I asked someone what I would do, I was told I was old. Over 30, they told me we were not picking anybody. “I was very outspoken. If you are over the age of 30, 35 or 40, is there any law that you should not choose yourself? Then why not make a law for yourself?”

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In addition to impressive first-class numbers, Jackson’s List A stats aren’t far behind. He went from 67 matches, including 8 centuries and 12 fifties, to 2346 runs at a healthy average of 37.33 in T20 cricket with a century and 10 fifties. And yet, Jackson has not appeared in the Indian team in any form. At this stage of his career, Jackson understands that even if the wait is tough, it will motivate him to give his best.

“It is very difficult because year by year, you are putting in a tough yard, you are consistent, because Indian domestic cricket is very difficult. It motivates me to be consistent year by year. I don’t choose much. To prove it, ”Jackson said.

“I haven’t had to prove anything to anyone since I’ve done it for a long time. But I have the best batting coach and the best coach in the country. He’s inspiring me to say ‘look at it another year.’


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