5 Players from previous England tour of India who are missing in this series - Where are they now?

5 Players from previous England tour of India who are missing in this series – Where are they now?

A number of players did well in the previous tour only to fade away into oblivion.

Gautam Gambhir Test
Gautam Gambhir Test. (Photo by Santosh Harare/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

International cricket is set to turn to India amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The country is set to host England for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs, starting February 5 with the opening Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. It was four years ago back in 2016-17 when the Three Lions came to Indian soil for a bilateral series.

India pocketed all three series pretty comprehensively. There was a number of players, who shone for their respective teams in all three formats. Especially in the Tests, quite a few new cricketers emerged and showed their class.

But as time passed by, they faded into oblivion and never got a chance to play at the highest level again. Even as some have hung their boots from the sport, a few of them are still harbouring hopes of a national comeback.

In the article, let’s take a look at the whereabouts of the few players from India and England who aren’t there for the upcoming series:   

1. Karun Nair

Karun Nair Test
Karun Nair Test. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Karun Nair made his international debut through an ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2016. In the same year, he made his Test debut against England at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. It was in the same series when he became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to smash a triple century in Test cricket.

It was a dream start to his career at the highest level and he was destined to get better. However, after India’s next Test series against the Aussies where he couldn’t score too many runs, he was left out of the national reckoning.

Four years down the line, the Rajasthan-born has plied his trade for various IPL franchises. In the 2020 IPL, the right-hander managed 16 runs at an average of eight. The 29-year-old is currently playing in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he failed in the first four games.