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Jaffer will make a strong comeback: Coach

Jaffer will make a strong comeback: Coach

Being dropped is not new for Jaffer, says coach.

Mumbai: With several opening batsmen making their presence felt during the Indian Premier League (IPL) not many would back Wasim Jaffer to make a comeback.

However, his coach and former India opener Sudhir Naik predicts that the Mumbai opener would return to Test cricket as he was mentally strong.

"Getting dropped from the national side is not a new thing for Jaffer. He has made many a comebacks in the past after scoring heavily in the domestic cricket and there is no reason why he cannot do it again as his favourite Kanga League is just round the corner," Naik, who coaches National Cricket Club in the Kanga League, said.

"Jaffer is a hard-working cricketer and practices hard whenever he gets spare time. During the Australian series Down Under and the home series against South Africa he seemed to have lost confidence in his batting. He will definitely look forward to gain some form during the Kanga League. A couple of big scores here would give back his confidence," Naik added.

Jaffer was dropped from the squad for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka, starting on July 23, after a miserable tour to Australia aggregating 49 runs from six innings and then scoring 126 runs from five innings in the home series against the Proteas.

"Losing his place in the Test squad is sad but then there is nothing you can do if you have lost the confidence and fail in two consecutive series. After Gautam Gambhir showed fine form during the one-day series, Jaffer’s sacking was on the cards," Naik observed.

"I believe that Jaffer knows what has to be done now to regain his place in the Test squad. He has to score heavily in domestic cricket for that to happen and I am sure he can do it as he has done it in the past and is a real fighter," he added.

first published:July 11, 2008, 12:27 IST