Cricket is a sport that the nation celebrates like a festival and for youngsters in India the sport is more than just a past time it is a sort of a livelihood for many who are aspiring to be on the biggest stage and represent the nation.
Here we compiled a list of 5 players who are living the dream of representing the nation but are they worthy of it?
Let’s take a look:
Suresh Raina: The first player on the list is Suresh Raina. The south paw who boasts the record of being the only player from the country to have scored a ton in all three formats. However he is far from a man whom the batting of a team like India can rely on. With averages of around the 30 mark in both tests and the ODI’s Raina only looks comfortable in a yellow jersey should be more consistent given the number of times he has had the backing of his captain.
Yusuf Pathan: The hardest and the arguably the most fierce hitter of the cricket ball in the nation, Pathan took Indian cricket by a storm when he launched himself in the IPL for the franchise from Kolkata and burst into the national set up purely as a hard hitting finisher. With the number of failures for him increasing, he decided to turn his arm over for gentle offies in trying to provide India with another bowling option but the chances he got proved to be too many and his inconsistency cost him his place in the national team. After insane amounts were spent on him, Pathan is rarely finding a place in the starting IX in this IPL and is one of the most over-rated player to have played for India.
Cheteshwar Pujara: Not a long time ago when the likes of Dravid and Ganguly along with the Master blaster were thinking about retirement, Pujara came into the Indian set up as a player who thrives on a patient innings and it looked like the nation found its replacement of the wall that used to stand for us at 1 down. However Pujara who always looks calm on the crease and never looks like giving his wicket away is often criticized for going into a shell and not scoring runs at all did not look like the ideal replacement anymore. With an average over 45, the stats do look rosy for Pujara but the problem has been the times when he had to take the game to the opponents and play quickly. The fact that most of those have come against less threatening opponents its shows that Pujara still needs to work on scoring regularly to justify his inclusion in the team.
Wriddiman Saha : Playing only as a back up to the Indian skipper till now, Saha will argue that he has not had enough chances to prove his metal but the truth is with the Dhoni no longer playing the longer format, Saha who should have been the first choice after travelling as back up for so many years, finds himself fighting for a spot in the squad. This epitomizes the fact that Saha who though was given limited opportunities should have been consistent or at least close and provide India with a ready replacement behind the stumps let the team down and needs to work a lot more to earn a place in the national squad in the future.
Murali Vijay: The last name on the list is the nonchalant opener from Chennai Murali Vijay. When the Indian team went through a transition after dropping both Gambir and Sehwag for the Tests Vijay was the first choice to kick start the innings along with a host of partners at the other end. Though this would not have helped him settle down easily, Vijay should have had one of the opening slots to himself for years to come after the number of chances he was given by the Indian management. Even now Vijay is the player that is given the responsibility when the management is not sure of an opening paid but with an average of less than a 40, Vijay should use his opportunities to cement his place and also give the team a good start up top but till then he has not done enough to justify his place in the national squad time and time again.