India is arguably the strongest cricketing body in the world, at the moment. The nation possesses the richest cricketing board and has one of the biggest fanbases in the world. India is also the founder of the Indian Premier League, which is unarguably the greatest league of the cricketing fraternity. The domestic circuit of Indian cricket is quite sturdy too and has provided a vast range of resources to the senior team.
With so many qualities, it is quite obvious that the country will be having one of the highest number of cricketers. Howbeit, what follow such mighty features are the cons related to it. Just like every good thing has advantages as well as disadvantages, the domestic circuit of Indian cricketing fraternity is also the same.
The internal circle, which is like a double-edged sword, has undoubtedly given the sport, innumerable no. of all-time greats. But at the same time, there have also been times, when even some extremely talented players have had to suffer because of the vast availability of stratagems of players.
A number of players, who had the capability of ruling World Cricket, couldn’t get their fair share of opportunity just because of the fact that the team didn’t have any vacancy left. At times, such players didn’t get several chances also because of other reasons like rifts with higher authorities like the captain, selectors or the state association.
Here, we’ll have a look at some of those players
1. Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
Murali Vijay was once one of the hottest properties of the Indian domestic circuit. When he made his international debut for India i.e. in 2008, the lad was seen as one of the most talented prospects of the team. However, things didn’t go as per the expectations for Vijay as he got a very inconsistent run during his initial days. Albeit, once he became a bit experienced, he even went on to become a permanent member of the team and held this feat for a long period of time.
Howbeit, Tamil Nadu cricketer has again become very inconsistent of late and has eventually been dropped from the Test team. This beginning of downfall began a couple of years ago, however, what brought further upheaval in this falling career was Murali Vijay’s statement against the chief selectors of India.
“Neither the chief selector nor any other person spoke to me in England after I was dropped from the third Test. None of them has spoken to me since. I did have a conversation with the members of the team management in England and that’s it.” The 35-year old was quoted saying as after he was dropped from the Test team after the English tour, later last year.
2. Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Even though he has been on the to-be-selected list several times and has been a famous name in the domestic orbit from a long time, Manoj Tiwary has never been able to cement his spot in the Indian team. For the first time, the lad had donned the blue pullover, way back in 2008, however, things haven’t been really well for the 33-year old since then.
After making the international debut in 2008 CB Series, the aggressive batsman got another opportunity three years later i.e. in 2011 WI tour. A few months later, Tiwary also went on to score his maiden ODI century. In the process, the Bengal cricketer kept coming in and going out of the team for the next few years, howbeit, finally in 2017, he played his last game for India in international cricket.
In the same year, the lad scored 507 runs in the domestic season at a mind-boggling average of 126.70. Still, the guy was not selected in India A team next year. This resulted in a cold war between the selectors and Tiwary. “I was hoping to be picked in the India A squads. When somebody performs to his highest, then he should be rewarded,” was what the right-handed batsman said after not being selected.
“And I had an outstanding 50-over tournament last season, creating a record that no one else has had in Indian cricket history.” He concluded.
3. Faiz Fazal
Faiz Fazal. (Photo by Matt Roberts – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Lots of expectations, a sound technique, but still a rather confusing career; Faiz Fazal’s cricketing journey has witnessed umpteen ups and downs. There was a time when the lad was expected to be the next big thing of Indian cricket and was just one step away from getting into the Indian team. He had even made his international debut for India by playing a game against Zimbabwe.
However, a few years down the lane, his dream to make it to the Indian team again, seems almost shattered. A year ago, Fazal had led Vidarbha to its maiden Ranji Trophy title. The 33-year old was the highest run-scorer for his team and scored 912 runs at an average of 70.15. Nonetheless, despite performing so brilliantly, the lad didn’t get a national call.
Hence, as a result, an agitated Faiz Fazal went on to take a sly dig at the national selectors. After India A team was announced, the Vidarbha cricketer posted a controversial tweet, which read, “Did we win Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup back to back?” The fact that the only Vidarbha player picked was left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate, annoyed Fazal and it resulted in this. But eventually, this tweet has turned out to be really costly for the star batsman as he has never been able to don the Indian jersey again.
4. Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Ambati Rayudu’s cricketing career has been nothing but a roller-coaster ride. He came into limelight after he led India in the U19 Cricket World Cup 2004. The lad was expected to break into the Indian team right there, however, playing the ICL, and some disputes with the state association eventually resulted in his ignorance.
Nevertheless, after displaying absolute steel in the domestic circuit during the 2011-12 season, Rayudu was finally picked in the Indian team in 2012. Although it took him a bit of time to play his international game, the 33-year-old finally made his international debut against Zimbabwe in 2013. Since then, the ace batsman’s career again became more of an elevated railway, as he kept going in-and-out of the team for the next 4-5 years. At one point in time, he even suffered an injury and was dropped from the team.
However, the Andhra Pradesh-born made a thunderous comeback in IPL 2018, which also went on to earn him a national spot. Rayudu became a permanent member of the Indian team for the next year. Although, the doohickeys didn’t go in his favor as he was dropped from the 15-man squad of India for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
As an upshot, an angry Ambati Rayudu went on to take a dig at the selectors who had termed his replacement, Vijay Shankar, as a ‘three-dimensional player’. “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup” the right-handed batsman tweeted after the no. 4 snubs.
After such a big fiasco, Rayudu’s hopes of getting another opportunity were finished and he eventually retired.
5. Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer is one of the most unfortunate cricketers India has ever produced. Despite being an all-time great in the domestic circuit, the 41-year old was never able to cement his place in the International team and make a name on the biggest stage. He made his international Test debut for India in 2000 but could never fix a permanent spot in the team. The veteran cricketer was always dropped from the team at regular intervals and this continued until 2006 when he hit his maiden Test century against England in Nagpur.
Since then, the Mumbai cricketer got to play a string of 24 consecutive Test games, which also witnessed two double centuries against the West Indies and Pakistan. What followed these glorious times were two bad series against Australia and South Africa respectively, which eventually made him axed forever. Jaffer, who was overshadowed by someone else on most of the occasions, scored a total of 1994 runs in the 35 Tests he played.
Another possible reason behind this unusual career of an extremely talented batsman was the fact that he had once questioned the Indian selectors for his place in the team. “Really, I don’t know how to impress the selectors. I have scored over 13,000 runs in first-class cricket and 1,260 runs in last Ranji season. I don’t think they (selectors) have taken note of it. That’s all what I can do and will continue to do to make them realise I am still good to play for India,” The Maharashtra-born had told to the media after getting dropped from the team in 2009.
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