5 Players one may not know have played Test cricket

5 Players one may not know have played Test cricket

These cricketers have made decent names for themselves in the shorter formats.

Sharjeel Khan test
Sharjeel Khan test. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Test cricket is deemed to be the pinnacle of the sport. It’s a format which tests a player’s skills, technique and most importantly, temperament. The red-ball format also seems to take a lot out of a player.

Over the years, a number of cricketers including the likes of Shahid Afridi, Lasith Malinga and Mohammad Amir,bid goodbye to Test cricket in order to prolong their limited-over careers. On the other hand, there are few names like Cheteshwar Pujara, who doesn’t play a whole lot of white-ball cricket, instead playing Test cricket with grit.

The boom of T20 cricket has given chances to a number of talents across the globe. Even as those players have shone in the shortest format, their first-class career hardly took off. Their style of play could never match the needs of Tests.

In the article, let’s take a look at five lesser-known Test cricketers: –

1. Andre Russell

Andre Russell test
Andre Russell test. (Photo Source: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Andre Russell is one of the sought-after players in the T20 format over the last few years. Not only does he smash sixes at will, but also pick up wickets in the hour of need. One surprising fact regarding him is that he made his debut for the West Indies in Test cricket.

Back in November 2010, when he was a mere 21-year-old, Dre-Russ took the field in whites against Sri Lanka in Galle. In that match, he could manage a couple of runs and picked up a solitary wicket. That has remained to be the only Test in his career.

In 2011, the Jamaican forayed into ODI and T20I cricket and ever since has been weaving magic in the shorter formats. In fact, Russell has played in 17 first-class matches, scoring 609 runs and 54 wickets, and his red-ball career came to an end on March 2014.