In recent years India has created the best cricket production line in the world. Several players are sweating it out to get to the next level. The skill sets of Indian cricketers have improved leaps and bounds. Sadly only a handful of them is getting the chance to represent the Blue team internationally.
Among them, certain players make the most of their opportunities and establish themselves in the side. While others failed to cash in or never get the long rope in the international arena. These players are dropped frequently and then they grind it out in the grade cricket. Even the rise of youngsters has not helped their cause. Most probably they will not be favoured by the selectors anymore.
Here is the list of 5 active Indian cricketers who will never make a national comeback
1. Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. (Photo by Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Has anybody ever thought what if the famous English star, Kevin Pietersen played for India? Surprisingly it did happen when his supposed alter ego, Manoj Tiwary was scoring a truckload of runs for Bengal in the domestic circuit. In his initial days, the right-hander’s aggressive style of play was quite similar to KP. His hard work paid off when he was added to the senior squad in 2007.
Unfortunately, he got himself injured in the training session before the game and had to wait another 10 months for his international cap. Only in his second series Tiwary stroked a defining century against the visiting West Indies side. He looked a long term prospect for the Blue team but became a bridesmaid who remained in the shadow of regular stars.
Tiwary played a total of 11 matches for India and the last one coming way back in 2014. Thereafter he toiled hard in the domestic arena and also impressed with his IPL outings. Still, Tiwary never caught the attention of selectors and recently he was even ignored for the Duleep trophy. He showed his disappointment via a series of tweets and now it is highly unlikely that he will don the Blue jersey again.
2. Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
At the age of 17, a young leg-spinner playing for India B scalped the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in a List-A game. And he caught the eye of the Indian selection panel and then Piyush Chawla made his way to the 2006 U-19 World Cup squad. There also he continued his good show which earned him a national call-up in the same year.
He made his Test debut against England and in the following year, he got his ODI cap. Though he was not a big turner of the ball he outfoxed batsmen with his skilful bowling. For the next couple of years, he became a regular member of the white-ball cricket. Chawla was also part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad where he played 3 games and picked up 4 wickets. The leggie even returned to the Test arena when England visited the Indian shores in 2012.
In the 4th Test at Vidarbha he picked up 4 wickets in the first innings but his second innings failure saw him completely out of favour in all these years. Piyush has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit but has not found his name in the good books of selectors. He is one of the leading wicket-takers in IPL but surprisingly he has failed to play a single T20I for India. Now in the wake of young wrist spinners, Chawla’s chances to represent India again is next to impossible.
3. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The Tamil Nadu cricketer got the attention of cricketing fraternity with his elegant batting in the Ranji Trophy 2003-04. He was immediately drafted into the Test team when the country hosted the Australian side. More than his batting Dinesh Karthik was praised for his work behind the stumps. His quick reflexes made him a first choice keeper-batsman in Tests and ODIs.
Then as fate would have it his career took a nosedive with the emergence of MS Dhoni in the Indian team. Due to his poor batting returns, he became a secondary option in the team. Still, he was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup squad which India won under the helm of Dhoni. After that, he was only considered when the regular stars were rested.
A year ago Karthik found his mojo again and proved his worth when he led the side to a famous win in the final of Nidahas Trophy. He was also given the middle-order duties in the ODI side and cut for the 2019 World Cup. Though he played only 3 games he let down the team in the all-important semi-final. Subsequently, he was dropped from the squad and now it will be a miracle if he is given an opportunity in the future.
4. Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina during the nets session. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sometimes numbers don’t do justice to the contributions of an individual and that’s why Suresh Raina can be called an unsung hero of the Indian team. The southpaw made his debut at the age of 19 and showed his power-hitting abilities. At first, he used to be a floater in the side and his athleticism on the field was a bonus.
Then gradually he became an integral part of the team and provided the required balance to the skipper with his all-round abilities. He also found some success in red-ball cricket. In T20Is he became the first Indian batsman to stroke a century. Raina was instrumental in a couple of ICC championship wins and under Dhoni’s leadership he turned out to be a real match-winner.
It was all going merrily until his short ball weakness came to the fore. Since then Raina has lost vigour in his batting and has only made occasional appearances for Men in Blue. Last year he was the part of the team which lost the ODI series in England. He again found himself out of the mix after a couple of below-par outings and even in this year’s IPL his performances were not up to the mark. At 32 Raina’s comeback to the senior team is not impossible but he will have to fight for his place in a pool of talented youngsters.
5. Varun Aaron
India bowler Varun Aaron. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
At the start of this decade, the Indian fast bowling unit got a boost by the addition of a couple of genuine quicks. The Jharkhand cricketer, Varun Aaron was one of them who can consistently clock 140 kmph. He got his debut cap against England and immediately troubled the batsmen with his raw pace. He finished the game with the figures of 3/24 and it seemed that the team found a new bowling kingpin.
Soon he made his Test debut but a back injury sidelined him for almost two years. He made a successful return to the international circuit and his pace was the weapon that the team needed in overseas tours. Varun bowled quality spells coupled with poor ones which cost him his place in the playing XI.
Eventually, he was dropped because of the rise of Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah through the ranks. He played his last international game 4 years ago. Later Aaron worked hard in the domestic arena and looked in good shape when he represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. At 29 he has age on his side but he lacks control over his craft. Now the fast bowling reserves of India are stronger than ever so it might be difficult for him to get another chance.
Some of these players didn’t use their opportunities wisely and now their return to the internationals is beyond the bounds of possibility.
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