5 Promising Cricketers Who Did Not Get Enough Chances Under MS Dhoni

5 Promising Cricketers Who Did Not Get Enough Chances Under MS Dhoni

Submitted by Subeditor on Mon, 2016-01-25 16:06 There is absolutely no dearth of talent in Indian cricket. In Ranji Trophy, each year there are new faces that emerge from the wilderness and perform out of their skins to make a mark for themselves. Nevertheless, there are some cricketers who constantly keep on performing year after year and churn out unbelievable performances for their respective domestic sides. But the irony of the game is that they get very few chances on the international circuit to prove themselves and contribute for the national team. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni as well, there were numerous cricketers who deserved a run in the Indian team. However, these promising cricketers never got their deserved chances and were in the team either for a few games or were never even considered by the selectors. In this article, we have a look at five such promising names, who did not get enough chances under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. 1. Robin Uthappa: He performed every year relentlessly and topped the run-scoring charts in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, and also performed exceptionally for his IPL side, Kolkata Knight Riders while opening the innings. But the surprising aspect was that Uthappa hardly got any chances after the 2008 Asia Cup. IPL 2010 was a turnaround for the Karnataka batsman, as he played some stellar cameos for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, he was not even in the reckoning for the T20 World Cup which began days after the IPL. Uthappa finally got an ODI chance in 2014 against Bangladesh. Had the selectors tried Uthappa, he might have even solved India’s backup wicketkeeper problem in limited overs. 2. S. Badrinath: Badrinath comes from the traditional school of batsmanship and has been a regular performer in the domestic circuit. He played just two test matches for India and both against South Africa in early 2010. In his debut test at Nagpur, Dale Steyn was wrecking havoc with his reverse swinging deliveries and the Indian batsman looked life fish out of the water. In such derelict conditions, Badrinath scored a half century and gave his best for the side. But the positives end right there! He was again given a break in the squad for the 2012 home test series against New Zealand as a late replacement for the then retired VVS Laxman. After that series, Badrinath disappeared into the gloom only to never emerge. Badrinath got a few chances in ODI’s, but were they enough to judge his caliber as a test batsman? 3. Manoj Tiwary: “He (Tiwary) is just the slimmer version of Yuvraj Singh,” said former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly once about the Bengal batsman. There was never an inch of doubt regarding the talent and potential of Manoj Tiwary, who made his debut for India way back in 2008, in the glorious CB series. He had to wait for another break for 3 long years before he finally got a nod in the playing XI against West Indies. Soon, in December that year, Tiwary made a fine century against the same side in Chennai and retired hurt after bringing up his ton. For the 2012 CB series in Australia and the following Asia Cup, Tiwary was a member of the squad, but all he did was warm the benches in all the games. Then against Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI of a bilateral series, he scored an important half century. Tiwary then only got a chance in ODI’s in 2014 when he was out of sorts. Had Tiwary been given a chance in between, he could have contributed for India, but the selectors never had any faith in him. 4.  Pankaj Singh: “Unlucky Pankaj,” they all called him after his wicketless debut test in Southampton. Wicketless, because a dolly off his bowling was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja in the slips, and a plumb LBW shout off Ian Bell was turned down. In the next game, Pankaj got a chance and picked up a couple of wickets. Post that tour however, he was nowhere to be seen and only represented his domestic side. Despite having the backing of a few legends, Singh never found faith from the selectors. The Indian selectors might have wasted a precious talent in Singh for sure. 5. Pragyan Ojha: His name might surprise a few as he featured for India in home tests. But Ojha, despite doing moderately well in ODI’s and a few T20I’s, never found his name in the limited overs squads. As a matter of fact, Ojha was not even considered good enough to play in overseas tests. Ojha was among the leading wicket takers in the IPL and 10 T20I wickets in 6 games at an average of 13.2 and economy rate of 6.28 were not good enough for his name to be considered. Ojha could have been easily given a run in the ODI team alongside Ashwin rather than going back to non performers like Piyush Chawla and the underpar Rahul Sharma. Ojha last played a test in 2013 for India, and incidentally, was the Man of the Match in that test.  (Report Courtesy: www. sportzwiki.com)