India celebrates cricket like religion but even after having such a large following the game is primarily dominated by bilateral tournaments. Mega-events in this sport happen once in a while which results in many talented players not go underappreciated and unrecognized at the national and international level. India sees many cricket players come and go every year and amidst all this frenzy these players go unnoticed. Here we are listing down 5 such players who played for the nation but no one remembers them and their contribution.
- FAIZ FAZAL
Faiz Fazal got to play only one ODI. A legend in domestic cricket remained so underappreciated in the Indian team that nobody remembers his name. This talented player has scored tons of runs in Ranji Trophy and has been a great captain at the domestic level. Fazal got his chance to play for India when a second squad visited Zimbabwe. It was also the tournament when Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul made their debut in the limited-over game. Faiz made a half-century during this ODI and that too at a good strike rate of above 90. Sadly, we did not get to see this player after that ODI.
2. GURKEERAT SINGH
Gurkeerat Singh Mann started his career in team India back in 2016 and he got the opportunity to play 3 games for India. And that is it about his journey in team India as the player did not get any more chances. This all-rounder from Punjab has done considerably well in domestic cricket though he could not create any magic in IPL. So, it came as a surprise for everybody when he was selected to play for team India. Mann could not create a great impression in those 3 matches, hence, did not get another chance.
3. V.R.V. SINGH
Singh became popular because of the potential that he showed in domestic cricket. He gained even more popularity when he was chosen by Kings XI Punjab in the initial seasons of IPL. During this time the player was also selected to make his debut in team India and got to play a few matches. Though 2019 became the year of his retirement from the game which brought an end to his cricketing career and now Singh coaches the Chandigarh team in domestic cricket.
4. LAXMI RATAN SHUKLA
Laxmi Ratan Shukla is another player who played only 3 ODIs for India and did not get more chances. He has been active in the IPL but very few people know that the player has also been a part of team India. In 1999, he played 3 games for India against 3 different opponents. He could not do well in these 3 matches, collected only 18 runs, and picked only one wicket. Hence, he was not selected again.
5. SREENATH ARAVIND
Sreenath Aravind has gained popularity because of his splendid feat in IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He did well in IPL and that got him a chance to play in the Indian team. He played for India against South Africa in Dharmsala but could not impress the audience and the experts. Thus, no second chance was given to Aravind.
Thus we, conclude the list of 5 players that you never knew played for India as their careers got over in the blink of an eye