They say cricket is not only a game but a religion in this country. A religion where cricketers are Gods and every victory is a festival. A victory heals the biggest of pains among the millions of Indians who live and breathe cricket. No doubt that every child aspires to don the Indian jersey, however, only a few manage to achieve their dream. While some fail to put in the hard work needed to become a national star, others are pegged back by cruel circumstances.
So here we are listing five players who failed to make it to the Indian team despite possessing everything that was needed to achieve their biggest dream.
5. Anil Gurav:
One can take a measure of Anil Gurav’s immense talent from the fact that Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar asked two of his most talented pupils – Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli to watch Gaurav’s strokeplay and learn from him.
Anil was called the Vivian Richards of Mumbai and was tipped by many to make it to the Indian team. However, Mumbai U-19 team was the farthest he could make. And the reason behind his failure to achieve his dream is even more painful.
His brother Ajit chose the darker world of the glitzy city and joined underworld.As a result, Police used to pick up Anil and his mother repeatedly and severely beat them up to find out the whereabouts of Ajit. Unable to cope up with the situation, Anil took to heavy drinking and his promising cricketing career came to an abrupt end.