Top Five Cricketers who didn’t make it to the Indian Team
India had a Golden generation of spinners called the Spin Quartet in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and a Golden generation of batsmen called The Fab Four in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Because of this, several extraordinary players couldn’t manage to make a mark in International cricket and some even failed to make their International debuts inspite of having an outstanding domestic records. Let us take a look at the Top Five cricketers who didn’t make it to the Indian cricket team.
He is the Rahul Dravid of the Railways Ranji Team”. This is what former India Paver Javagal said about Yere Goud in an interview. After making his debut for Karnataka in 1994, Goud turned up for Railways where he won two Ranji Trophies, two Duleep trophies, one Irani trophy and a Ranji ODI’s. He is the backbone of the team and has the technique and patience to succeed in the longer format of the game. Goud had scored 7560 runs in 134 FC matches at an average of 46. He is one of the victim to be born in the Golden Generation of Indian middle order Batsmen.
Like Yere Goud, Amol Muzumdar is yet another victim of being born in the Golden generation of Indian middle order batsmen. He is well known as the batsman who sat padded up and waiting to go to the middle next when Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli shared a record 664 run partnership in a Harris Shield match. Coached by Ramkant Achrekar, Muzumdar represented Mumbai in the Ranji and created a record for scoring the highest score by a debutant in Ranji trophy. He amazed 11167 in 174 matches at an average of 48 in FC matches and 3286 runs in 113 List A matches at an average of 38.
Shitanshu Kotak is yet another player who was born in the same generation as Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Kotak, who played for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy has 130 First Class matches and 89 List A matches under his name. He has scored 8061 rns in the longer formants at an average of 42 and consistently proved his worth for his domestic side. Even in List A matches, he has accumulated 3083 runs at an average of 42.
If the above three was born in the wrong era which had legendary middle order, Padmalkar Shivalkar is a victim of born in the late 1950s. When he was at his prime, India had the likes of Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan and B.S. Chandrasekhar who are collectively called as India’s spin quartet. Shivalkar is in the same league of BS Bedi but was not given a single chance to wear the blue cap. In his first class cricket, Shivalkar took 589 wickets at an average of 19.89.
Rajinder Goel was rated as the best spinner in the world by the legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar but he was not given a chance to represent India at the highest level. Courtesy the spin quartet, Goel could only manage to represent India in an official test against Sri Lanka.He picked up over 750 wickets in his FC career without donning the Indian colour atleast once.
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