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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 (India)

Robin Uthappa (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The great Indian cricketing tale of Robin Uthappa – Oozing some much class with his batting, Uthappa promised to be the next big thing in Indian cricket when he made his debut in 2006 at just 20 years old. He was a vital batsman of India in the late 2000s. The right-hander was an aggressive top-order batsman who played with a lot of freedom.

With a strong and settled Indian batting line-up those days, it was hard for him to make a comeback after being dropped. He scored consistently in the domestic cricket but got constantly ignored by the selectors. In playing over 300 first-class and List A games, he scored more than 15,000 runs over there and is still scoring them to this date.

After being ignored for several years, he got a call-up for the national side. However, India’s batting order was once again strong and well settled with the next generation of players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan being the top three. Uthappa was lost in the shadows with some inconsistent performances and never really got a lengthy window to cement his place into the side.

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