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5 Indian players who might never play for the national team again

Team India needs to build their unit keeping the World Cup in mind, and that asks for youngsters to be given longer ropes in the team.

 

Ashish Nehra of India
Ashish Nehra of India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli was made the Indian captain across all formats of the game this year as he took over from MS Dhoni in the ODIs and T20Is as well. Kohli was made the captain of the Test team in 2015 after Dhoni abruptly retired. But he had to wait till this year to get the nod to captain in limited-overs cricket. This is Kohli’s team now, and the team has done quite well under him.

The next 2 years is a very important period for the Indian team. They will tour to countries like Australia, South Africa and England where they have traditionally struggled.  Then they will play the 2019 World Cup in England, where they had to face the humiliating defeat to Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 final.

Team India needs to build their unit keeping the World Cup in mind, and that asks for youngsters to be given longer ropes in the team and thus, those who cannot go the distance will not find favour from the selectors. Some of the senior players who have served the team in the past might not get another chance to play for the nation again.

1. Gautam Gambhir

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Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

India tried really hard to find an able opening partner for Virender Sehwag. They went for a lot of combinations at the top, including Rahul Dravid who was promoted up the order to open the innings. But their search finally came to an end when they found another Delhi opener, Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir is the only Indian batsman to have scored centuries in five consecutive Test matches, he once rose to No.1 rank in ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

The Delhi batsman was pivotal in the Indian team’s World Cup wins in 2007 and 2011, as he was the top scorer for India in both the finals. But he has been frozen out of the day due to his bad form and considering his age of 35, come back into the team seems very difficult. He last played for India in 2016 against England. The team now has a settled opening pair in both Tests and limited-overs format, and Gambhir is not even among the backup options.

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