It is a sad reality but you have to accept it. I am talking about the Indian players who were once the pillar of Indian cricket, and now they just don’t seem to have any chance of making it to the Indian team ever again. Prime reasons being youngsters coming and proving their worth, senior players failing and many other reasons. Here are the 5 Indian players, once greats who might never ever feature in Indian colours.
1. Virender Sehwag:
Gone are those days when Sehwag used to come, whack and set the track for India. He is in a poor form and his lacklusture batting this year in the domestic circuit has been disappointing. Sehwag is certainly not making a comeback with the openers are enjoying their time, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. In Tests, it is a dream for Viru fans which will not be fulfilled unfortunately. Murali Vijay has looked good off late and India are happy continuing with him rather than take a risk with Sehwag.
2. Gautam Gambhir:
The left hander looked very promising when he started playing for India and was seen as the future captain of Team India. However, that was the half story. Gautam Gambhir has looked pathetic in years after India’s World Cup Triumph in 2011. In other ways, India already have their openers settled with Dhawan and Sharma in ODI’s and Dhawan and Murali Vijay is Tests. Given the oppurtunity in England this year after Shikhar Dhawan’s failures, Gautam Gambhir failed to take the advantage of it. His weakness of slow feet movement is still beating him and it is highly impossible that he will ever play for India
3. Harbhajan Singh:
Once the turbanator to being the dropout of the Indian team, Harbhajan Singh is not making a comeback. The 400 Test wicket taker has looked off shape and his spinning abilities have gone to dust. With Ravichandran Ashwin grabbing his place and spinners like Akshar Patel and Karn Sharma proving their worth, it seems like the road has ended for Bhajji. He had a chance to prove in the CLT20 this year, which he has failed to do and made things worst for him. Goodbye, Harbhajan.
4. Yuvraj Singh:
The man behind making India proud with his all round abilities and giving us two World Cup’s, Yuvraj Singh has lost his rhytym. Seen as the best finisher at one time, Yuvi was taken to the rippers by our own Indians after the T20 final this year against Sri Lanka. Beating cancer, Yuvraj made the team once again but couldn’t stay for a long time. His place has been taken by the young Ambati Rayudu, who has come in handy off late. Ajinkya Rahane might probably take the middle order spot and he is certain to be selected ahead of Yuvraj. Yuvraj’s place has been more or less worsened by Suresh Raina, who has proved his finishing abilities and playing the short balls. Its a long walk back for Yuvraj Singh.
5. Zaheer Khan:
India’s prime fast bowler at one time and the reason behind India’s success at the World Cup 2011, Zaheer Khan has turned out to be injury proned. With many injuries after the World Cup, Team India won’t take a risk. Zaheer, its your time to sit at home and enjoy the remaining life, the selectors and the BCCI say. The fast bowling department is more effiecient with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami who will be back soon. Zaheer must have lost his pace too with a long tenure with no bowling. So, it is unlikely that he will ever return to the India side.
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