These are the players who had generated a lot of interest and expectations from the fans and people around the world. Almost all of them had a wonderful start to their career but unfortunately that was it. Hence we bring out an unfortunate list of 10 talented Indian players who did not make it big in international cricket despite being talented!
10. Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli had all the ingredients in the late 90”s to become what Brian Lara was for West Indies. In fact because of his talent he was considered very highly as a player and regarded equally to his once best friend Sachin Tendulkar. The consecutive double centuries hit by Kambli are still so fresh in our memories from where he got the fame. But unfortunately consistency and fitness did not remained by his side and he went away like a blink and Indian Cricket and Indian fans missed out on a player like him. No doubt the talented left handed had much more to offer as a player than what his stats and achievements suggest.
9. Irfan Pathan
In his early days, Irfan was compared and considered to be the modern day Wasim Akram and he was a genuine all-rounder who did fantastic swing bowling and bowled some of the most memorable spells for India but as the time passed Irfan lost his crucial weapon which was swing and very soon he just became a pale shadow of his early days!
8. Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf was and is still a one big hitter of the ball. The elder Pathan sibling could have easily been the next Shahid Afridi or Andrew Symonds for India, but age, form and fitness always troubled him and he eventually lost his place into the Indian team!
7. Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer is to Domestic cricket what Sachin is to International cricket but he was not able to replicate that success into International Arena. Jaffer who is an old world traditional stroke maker perfect for test cricket who has scored mammoth of centuries and runs in domestic cricket but as we say luck did not remain by his side!
6. Robin Utthapa
In his first few matches against England, Robin gave an impression of a swashbuckling opener. A genuine hard-hitting stroke maker struggled with consistency at the International level and eventually got faded from the Indian side, though chances are still alive for him.
5. Mohhamad Kaif
Considered to be one of the best fielders in the world during his time. Kaif was as good as Jonty Rhodes when it came to his electric fielding and batting! But somehow his form dipped and along with it came an influx of new players who were more aggressive and consistent than him which made him drift apart from the Indian colors. Once a strong middle order mainstay with Yuvraj Singh is now hardly seen in International cricket.
A mini dynamo who debuted for India at the age of just 18. Parthiv was a very good wicket-keeper who could also chip in with a few runs down the order. But then came Dhoni and he just remained the 2nd choice wicket-keeper batsman for India only when Dhoni would get injured or opted to rest Patel would get a chance!
3. Murali Kartik
Murali was a one unique character for India and one of the rare left arm spinners wearing glares and a unique hairstyle. Murali kartik was no doubt way more talented as a spinner than what his stats suggest but apart from his form only he knows the reason of his sudden disappearance from International cricket.
2. Shiv Sunder Das
Not many have even heard about him but he was actually a one class player who could have been one of the batting mainstays of Indian Test Cricket. Poor form and inconsistency did not help him and he just managed to play a few games before he disappeared!
1. Laxmipathy Balaji
Balaji was a one character in himself. A fast pace bowler who could rip apart the stumps of the batsman with his hair weaving in the air while bowling! Unfortunately he still performs nicely in Domestic cricket but hardly gets a chance to make a comeback for India!