5 Cricketers who made their debut in the last decade and are still struggling for a place in the national team

With so much talent around, many cricketers around the world miss out because of chronic injuries, poor form and lack of opportunities.


Robin Uthappa. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

There are usually two types of cricketers. The first ones are those whenever they get the opportunity in the early days of their career, thrive in their respective role and cement their place in the national side. Whereas there is a different bunch of players who are just unlucky. These cricketers usually have a dream start to their career as a youngster but when selected in the national side, they fail to grab the early opportunities.

But with so much talent around, many cricketers around the world miss out because of chronic injuries, poor form and lack of opportunities. One must admit that whenever an individual tries to play for his country, there is immense competition.

When you are not performing for your national side even for a couple of matches, players from the domestic circuit are breathing on your neck. Many cricketers have made their international debut in the last decade but after so many years, are still struggling to cement a regular spot for themselves in the national side.

Here are some of such cricketers who are hugely talented and scoring runs for fun in the domestic circuit for many years. However, they are still being ignored by the national selectors:

Shaun Marsh (Australia)

Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh celebrates after reaching his century. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The left-handed Australian batsman has seen a lot over the years. Making his international debut at the age of 24, Shaun Marsh, the son of Jeff Marsh made the headlines throughout Australia. Many referred him as the successor of some of the great Australian left-handed batsmen. But he got limited opportunities in limited-overs cricket in his early days.

Marsh made his T20I and ODI debuts in 2008. He looked so promising with his stylish batting style. He was even technically sound when he played those typical textbook shots. He had a decent start to his ODI career.

But he made his Test debut three years later. However, constant injuries played a major setback for his Test future. After the injuries, he was just a shadow of his former self. He didn’t get too many opportunities afterward and to the addition, whenever he got opportunities, his performances were inconsistent.

First-class records of Shaun Marsh are just mind-blowing. In 163 matches he has scored over 10,000 runs over there consistently. He has also thrived as an IPL player in his early days. But in an eleven-year long career, he has played fewer matches for Australia which doesn’t reflect his caliber as a player that’s for sure.


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