By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | June 29, 2023

The Unfortunate Comedy Show: Selectors, Jokers and Sarfaraz Khan’s Test Debut

The Comedy Show: Selectors, Jokers, and Sarfaraz Khan’s Test Debut. Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the most uproarious circus act in the world of Indian cricket! It’s time to witness the astounding spectacle of the selectors, those elusive beings who hold the keys to the Indian team, being labelled as a bunch of jokers. But hold your laughter because it seems even the jokers have a higher level of competence than our beloved selectors!

In the annals of cricketing history, few figures have mastered the art of comic timing like Mohinder Amarnath. With a single stroke of wit, he elevated the status of the selectors from mere mortals to a band of jesters. Oh, the irony! These supposed custodians of talent are now at the receiving end of a hilarious comparison.

But let’s not forget our star of the show, Sarfaraz Khan, the man who has been setting domestic cricket ablaze with his run-scoring spree. He’s like a wizard with a cricket bat, conjuring up runs with a flick of his wrist, and yet, the selectors seem to be blindfolded by their buffoonery.

The Selection Meeting… Chai, Paani, and Bhajias

Picture this: a bunch of jokers in a secret lair, desperately trying to figure out the most elaborate excuses to deny Sarfaraz his rightful place in the Indian team. They gather around a table cluttered with cups of tea and stacks of random papers, attempting to justify their decisions with expressions of mock seriousness. It’s a tragic comedy at its finest.

“Ah, yes,” one joker says, adjusting his oversized bowtie, “Sarfaraz has scored tons of runs, but has he mastered the art of juggling? Can he spin plates on his fingertips while hitting a six?”

“Or,” another joker interjects, “can he perform the vanishing act? You know, disappear in the middle of a match and reappear in the commentary box without anyone noticing?”

The jokers burst into laughter, slapping their knees in amusement, unaware of the irony that their circus act pales in comparison to the magic Sarfaraz weaves on the cricket field.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan: Practicing the art of juggling to get into the Indian team? Your guess is as good as mine. Pic Credit: Sarfrazkhan97/Instagram

Sunny Gavaskar to the rescue

But fear not, dear readers, for every circus has its ringmaster. Sunil Gavaskar, the valiant knight armed with a razor-sharp wit, rides in to save the day. With a sense of disbelief, he questions the very foundation of Indian cricket. He points out the absurdity of it all, shining a spotlight on the jokers masquerading as selectors. His words pierce through the circus tent, exposing the comedy show for what it truly is.

As we chuckle and guffaw at the spectacle, let’s hope that the selectors realize that their joker personas are more suited to the Big Top than the cricketing arena. Perhaps they can find solace in joining a travelling circus, where their talents would be better appreciated, leaving the task of team selection to those who can see beyond the illusion of their buffoonery.

So, dear readers, sit back, relax, and enjoy this hilarious circus act unfolding before our eyes. And as we revel in the absurdity of it all, let us pray that someday, Sarfaraz Khan’s cricketing genius will shine through the clownish antics of the selectors, and he will be granted the Test debut he so richly deserves.

[Moody Marty: Sometimes funny, sometimes informative, always downright forthright!]

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