Rightly so given the sort of batsman he is.
My initial thoughts on Sharjeel were that at best he is a T20 batsman. His initial international outing in 2013 also showed that he was best suited for T20s, however he was dropped from both limited overs formats after failing in ODIs.
Following the PSL last year, Sharjeel was drafted back into the T20 and ODI squads. In T20s he continued his striking form, while in ODIs he left plenty to be desired with a number of failures in between some sterling whirlwind knocks.
For me, he remains a great T20 batsman and an average ODI one.
So then why has he been selected for the test squad?
What were the selectors thinking?
Is he the best choice for opener / reserve opener in the test squad?
Sometimes it just feels like the selectors are making a play at a Casino and trying their luck at winning with a new opener.
With Sami Aslam cementing one of the openers slots, it was Azhar Ali's initial hesitancy to open in tests, which resulted in the selectors looking for a third opener for the tour.
Having given it some thought, Sharjeel may not be a bad choice despite his average performances in ODI cricket.
Many have likened Sharjeel's stroke play to that of Virender Sehwag and David Warner, both of whom played ODI cricket for a couple of years before breaking into the test squad. All three are quite similar in terms of how they approach batting.
A glance at Sehwag's and Warner's careers shows that they had / have far better performances in Tests than in ODIs. While Warner has closed the average gap in recent times (48 in tests; 41 in ODIs), Sehwag ended his career with a Test average of 49 and an ODI average of 35.
Even thought both batsmen have the aggressive nature to excel in ODIs and T20s, they were far more prolific in Tests than in the limited overs formats.
A look at their ODI performance before either made their test debut bears a lot of similarity with Sharjeel's performance.