11 Forgotten faces in Indian cricket
Updated - Oct 25, 2016 1:29 pm
In recent years, Indian cricket has encountered players who started with a lot of promise but faded away before fulfilling at par to the potential. Some of them possessed prodigious talent while others had acquired skills at a raw age to make it to the senior team very young. While some players’ career was curbed due to injuries and health issues, others self-destroyed while some just could not make it count when the opportunity presented itself.
Some of them were proven match-winners, who played key roles in some of India’s historic successes of recent. Yuvraj Singh, who played a very important role in India’s T20 World Cup win and 2011 World Cup win, saw his national team spot die out slowly after he had a brush with death being diagnosed with lung cancer just after he helped India win the 2011 World Cup. He came back fit but never regained his old self, thus losing his spot in the team. Another name, Irfan Pathan, maybe the one which is always remembered with a gush of disappointment as he slowly lost his form after starting out on a very promising
Another name, Irfan Pathan, maybe the one who is always remembered with a gush of disappointment as he slowly lost his form after starting out on a very promising note, emulating and drawing comparison with Wasim Akram possessing the same prodigious swing and a more than useful hand at batting. From being called as Indian cricket’s ‘Blue Eyed Boy’ by the media, he went on to be featured in Shashi Tharoor’s list of ‘India’s Lost Boys’. In this article, we present 11 players who were lost over the years.
1. Robin Uthappa:
Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa made a successful ODI debut in the last ODI of England’s tour of India in April 2006, making 86 before getting run out. It was the highest score for an Indian debutant in a limited overs match.
Nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’, he played an important role in India’s 2007 T20 World Cup win. But he faded out of focus with loss of form and was recalled a couple of times after successful tenures in the IPL but could not regain his spot in the team, being in and out of the squad continuously.
Uthappa played 66 ODIs for India, scoring 934 runs at an average of 25.34 and also featured in 13 T20s aggregating 249 runs at an average of 24.9.