5 active Indian cricketers who are never going to get a national call-up

Some of these players didn't use their opportunities wisely and now their return to the internationals is beyond the bounds of possibility.

2. Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla during a promotional programme in Kolkata
Piyush Chawla. (Photo by IANS)

At the age of 17, a young leg-spinner playing for India B scalped the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in a List-A game. The news quickly reached the ears of the Indian selection panel and Piyush Chawla made his way to the 2006 U-19 World Cup squad. There also he continued his good show which earned him a national call-up in the same year.

He made his Test debut against England and in the following year, he got his ODI cap. Though he was not a big turner of the ball he outfoxed batsmen with his skilful bowling. For the next couple of years, Chawla became a regular member of the white-ball cricket. Chawla was also part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad where he played 3 games and picked up 4 wickets. The leggie even returned to the Test arena when England visited the Indian shores in 2012.

In the 4th Test at Vidarbha he picked up 4 wickets in the first innings but his second innings failure saw him completely out of favour in all these years. Piyush has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit but has not found his name in the good books of selectors. He is one of the leading wicket-takers in IPL but surprisingly he has failed to play a single T20I for India. Now in the wake of young wrist spinners, Chawla’s chances to represent India again are next to impossible.


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