Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: Cricket has always been a critically acclaimed sport; the sport is filled with multiple kinds of players. Whoever makes it to the big stage that is the world cup is deserving and worthy of being there. Unfortunately, some batsmen who were very good at what they did, did not make it to the world cup. The world has multiple nations, but share the same love for cricket. A crowd always assembles to watch the men play. Not many of them make a mark in real life, and there is a meager rate of success. Most of the cricketers give up midway when they know that they will not make me or are forced to choose another profession.
However, there are a few dedicated players who devote their entire life to the game without caring for the end product or the recognition they might get.
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: Let us look at the top 10 batsmen who did not make it to the world cup.
10) Yere Goud
Javagal Srinath once said that Yere Goud is the Rahul Dravid of the Indian Railway team. Yere Goud played his first-class match for Karnataka back in the day and later went on to work for the Railways of India team. One of his many achievements included winning the great Ranji title in the year 2001-02 and as well as in 2004-05 with the Railways team. He then went on to win around three big Irani trophies and one Duleep Trophy along with a Ranji one-day trophy. He returned to Karnataka as captain of the team in 2006 and became one of the most elite players to earn around 100 Ranji Caps. Hailing from a small town, this man scored 7650 runs at an average of only 45.53 with just 16 hundred – he comes in the team of players who scored big but just failed to register his name in the selector’s books., unfortunately.
9) Padmakar Shivalkar
Five hundred eighty-nine wickets had he taken at an incredible average of just 19.69, Shivalkar was undoubtedly better than most players who have played for the country. Another case of an example of being born in the wrong era sadly, Padmakar Shivalkar was the best slow left arm not to don the beautiful Indian colours. He was just a captain’s dream as he could pitch the ball in an area for very long spells. Being typical what is called finger spinner, he turned it around prodigiously whenever he gave it a real spin. But when you compete with the likes of the fantastic Bedi and the cool-headed Venkataraghavan, it’s not a surprise that he did not make it.
This man is another quality spinner whose career got over because of the what we call spin quartet of India. This great slow left-arm spinner, who used to represent Haryana in the domestic cricket, was quickly one of the most feared in the Indian internal circuit. He earned the respect of most batsmen all over the country, and even Sunil Gavaskar rated him as one of the most amazing the world. He featured in just an unofficial test against Sri Lanka, but could never get into the Indian test squad. He played during a significant time when India had multiple spin bowling options where even 750 wickets at just an economy rate of 2.10 were not just enough for him to earn to hand him a test cap.
8) Amarjeet Kaypee
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: He is a major big man for the big matches. The bigger the occasion, the higher he performed. With a whopping 7623 runs in the Ranji Trophy, 27 tons, back-to-back seasons aggregating 800 plus runs with eight huge hundreds, the only batsman in Indian cricket history to get 150 and in two innings of the match in the Ranji Trophy game – still was never considered to feature in Team India. The hallmark of Kaypee’s batting was his technique, his concentration and his thirst for runs. Kaypee was one of those whose career merged with the greats.
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: The ’90s the best-left arm spinner was Venkatapathy Raju, but there is one player who would have something to say about that. Utpal Chatterjee was one of those unlucky cricketers who missed out on a high and long career at the world level in spite of being one of the best in the country during that time. Even though he got selected for the Indian team at the age of only 30, his international foray ended with just three sad ODIs to his name. He was called ‘David’, after the Aussie Alan Davidson, Utpal Chatterjee carried Bengal’s bowling attack on his shoulders for more than a significant two decades before calling it quits with a whopping 499 wickets to his very name. Though he did play for the country, he deserves a special mention in this unfortunate list due to the injustice handed to him by the Indian selector team for the world cup.
The first five players that you just saw on this list are all Indians, let us take a look at a few international players to form other countries who did not play for their country in the world cup — an essential list of cricketers who meant to but never played for India. A few missed out because of outstanding peers while a few through ignoring the game. In a country that has always given the world quality cricketers, there will always be the lucky Vijay’Tiwary. One has to accept that some of them will make it.
There is not a bigger tournament in the world than cricket than the quadrennial a whopping 50-over World Cup. Every cricketer aspires to not only to play in the World Cup but also achieve the very success by being part of a champion squad and all the fame. While many cricketers from all around the cricketing globe have had the privilege of participating in the big tournament over the years, there are only a few who have actually felt and taken in the World Cup fame. And then there come the really unlucky ones who never got to play for their country in the World Cup even though they were among the best to have played for their respective teams. The reasons behind players of such immense talent missing out can be blamed on them playing lesser overs cricket or specialists in the shorter formats hence being preferred over them.
6) Justin Langer
He belonged to the Australian Team and was in massive action during a match against England. Justin Langer is one of the most excellent openers to have played for Australia in international cricket. The man played 105 Tests in a career that lasted 14 short years and scored more than 7000 runs at an average of over 45. Langer formed a terrific partnership with fellow opener and friend Matthew Hayden and together, they were the most unbeatable Test opening pair in the early 2000s.
The Aussie’s ODI career, though, lasted just a mere eight matches in which he could only manage just 160 runs without a single half-century, unfortunately. He is till now the first and only batsman from the golden era of Australian cricket who has not played for his team at the World Cup. In fact, Justin Langer’s last ODI match came back in 1997, a decade before he called time on his illustrious career.
5) Matthew Hoggard
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: He belonged to the England Cricket Team. Matthew Hoggard’s ODI career never really went anywhere
Matthew Hoggard’s talent as a Test bowler for England is challenging to question as he is among the country’s best wicket-takers of all time. One of the greatest opening bowlers of his time, Hoggard claimed as many as a whopping 248 wickets in just about 67 Tests with a career-best match haul of 12 for 205 against South Africa. He also played an important role in England’s unforgettable Ashes win over Australia in the year 2005
The English fast bowler did not have a very bright ODI career, and it consisted of only 26 matches. Hoggard picked up around 32 wickets, which included best figures of 5 for 49 in their game against the cricket team of Zimbabwe. His ODI career came to a staggering end in the year 2006 without him getting an opportunity to represent England in the World Cup, even though he was a part of the 2003 squad.
4) Chris Martin
He belonged to New Zealand and was a very bright Test career for the cricket team. Pacer Chris Martin is by far one of the best players to have played for New Zealand in the Test series and is only below Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori in the list of leading wicket-takers for New Zeland. In a career that lasted around 13 years, Martin played 71 Tests and grabbed 233 wickets with a beautiful ten five-wicket hauls.
But sadly, his ODI career didn’t quite get going as he picked up a massive 18 wickets in the 20 matches he played in the international sector and was rarely on the selectors’ radar for the World Cup team. The closest Chris Martin came to participating in the World Cup was in the 2007 edition when he only replaced an injured Daryl Tuffey in the squad, but unfortunately, he did not get a game.
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He belonged to the England Cricket Team. There have always been doubts over Cook’s batting. Alastair Cook is perhaps the only active player to be a part of this sad list. The England skipper has been quite a prominent figure in his country’s cricket as he recently became their only player to go past a big 10,000 Test runs. To add to his batting list of achievements, Cook has also captained his side quite very well and has won multiple series during his auspicious time of tenure.
With just 97 ODIs under his belt so far, it comes as a big surprise that Alastair Cook never really represented England in the 50-over World Cup. The previous occasion when he came in an ODI team was back in the year 2014, before which he had scored more than 3000 runs with an incredible five centuries.
2) VVS Laxman
He played some classy knocks in ODIs too. This Indian batsman, VVS Laxman was a part of the iconic quartet of Indian Test batting or more famously known as the ‘Fab Four’. We saw this man shine in his career, which saw the stylish Hyderabadi cricketer play 134 Tests, he scored a massive 8781 runs at an average of just under 46 and hit 17 centuries.
Yes, it can be a little challenging to say that Laxman was a great ODI batsman, he played some great knocks in career which consisted of 86 matches. He scored just 4 out of his six one-day hundreds against the Australians and averaged a high score of 46.18 against them. Sadly, his chance to play for India in World Cup cricket never came as he never really made it to any of the squads.
1) Amol Muzumdar
Batsmen Who did not Make it to International Cricket: He has made a big score of 208 runs in the first class at an average of 47.47 with around 25 hundred. Unfortunately, he never got a call from the Indian selector. Amol Muzumdar was always denying attention and limelight and genuinely cared for the sport and the way he played. People think Rahul Dravid never liked the spotlight; bu Amol Mazumdar was even more humble when comparing him to Rahul Dravid. Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli engraved their record 664 run partnership for the school called Shardashram School, but on the sidelines, the man who sat with his pads all put and ready to play and set fire to the field was none other than Amol Muzumdar. Back in the year, 1994, when Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid took all the attention and the limelight by playing for India A, the vice-captain of that side in those days was the ever calm Amol Muzumdar. A sensational 260 runs on the Ranji debut marked the arrival of this particular batsman. He displayed perfect technique, and his shots were all over the ground, but he had a cool head, Amol Muzumdar was the ideal candidate and had all the makings of what a great player worthy of being a part of the world cup would have. But because he was born in the era of other legendary players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and also VVS Laxman, even his qualities did not put him in the final team.
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