5 Players you didn't know once played for India

5 Players you didn’t know once played for India

It is a very rare sight when people in India don't know about a player who has donned the Indian jersey even once in his career.

Sudeep Tyagi
Sudeep Tyagi. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Cricket is a team sport in which 11 players on the ground represents a whole country. Meanwhile, India is one of the nations where people follow cricket quite religiously. There is no doubt over the fact that India has produced many fine and talented cricketers in the history of cricket.

It is one of the main reasons due to which the fans have started taking cricket quite seriously. There was a time when cricket was not a cup of tea for the majority of the Indians. But, players like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni and many more forced them to start following it to an extent.

In the past couple of decades, the love for cricketers playing for the national team is unmatchable within the fans. All Indian cricketers have a huge mass following. It is a very rare sight when people in India don’t know about a player who has donned the Indian jersey even once in his career. However, it is true and let’s check out the list of the names of the players that played for the country but fans might not be aware of it.

Here’s a list of lesser-known players who played for India:

1. Rishi Dhawan

Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rishi Dhawan, a boy from the streets of Mandi was looked down as one of the prolific all-rounders in the country at one stage. In 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season, he ended up being the leading run-scorer as he amassed 519 runs in eight games. He came into the spotlight in IPL 2014 when he grabbed a total of 13 wickets for Kings XI Punjab. It was his best-ever season until now.

Later on, he managed to get a big shot as he got his maiden call up from the selectors. He was picked for the important tour of Team India to Australia. He made his debut in international cricket from the ODI series against Aussies followed by his T20I debut against Zimbabwe that turned out to be his last game playing for the national side. Overall, he has played 3 ODIs and 1 T20I donning the blue jersey for Team India.