The player posted a emotion-filled tweet on his official account after being omitted for the India A squad, and had a brilliant reply to the fan who was critical of his performances in the IPL.
Domestic star reacts to fan’s ‘you were terrible’ comment after India A omission
Earlier this year, one of India’s star wicketkeeper-batters, Dinesh Karthik made a stunning return to the national team after almost three years away from the side. Karthik produced consistent performances as a finisher in the 2022 Indian Premier League, that eventually earned him a place in Team India. The 37-year-old cricketer was called up for the T20Is against South Africa in June and has since appeared in all of India’s matches in the shortest format so far.
While Karthik’s incredible return to the national setup shows that age is no barrier, there is one Indian cricketer who revealed on Wednesday that he is “tired” of listening to comments about his growing age. Sheldon Jackson, one of Saurashtra’s leading wicketkeeper-batters, took to his official Twitter profile after being omitted for the India A squad.
The 35-year-old batter wrote, “I have a right to believe and dream that if i have performed for 3 continuous season, I may get picked on the basis of my performances not age, tired of hearing this that I’m a good player and performer but I’m old, I’m 35 not 75.”
Jackson represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s edition of the IPL and while his performance behind the wickets was impressive, his lack of runs didn’t work in his favour. In five matches, Jackson failed to cross the double figures with his highest score being 8. A fan criticised his IPL performances in one of the replies to the tweet from Jackson; “I understand your pain but you were terrible in the IPL. All that hype; it fizzled. Sorry!” the fan wrote.
Jackson, however, took the criticism positively and had a brilliant reply to the fan. “Hey, I understand your upset with me and I was angry with myself too coz I haven’t got anything in cricket easily or early ,but in cricket it happens no matter how much you try at times things don’t go your way, I’m sorry I couldn’t show you how good I actually am, someday,” wrote the 35-year-old.
Jackson is yet to feature in competitive cricket since the IPL, but is expected to play an integral role at Saurashtra when the domestic season begins in September.