Several players in the sport’s lengthy history have been seen as the future of Indian cricket but have had their promising careers cut short. Several talents have excelled in Test cricket but were never given the opportunity to represent India in international white-ball cricket.
Several players with strong Test records, including as Rakesh Shukla, Raghuram Bhat, and Abhinav Mukund, were never given the chance to play an ODI or a T20I match.
Following are five Indian cricketers who played Tests but did not play white-ball cricket.
Number 1. Abhinav Mukund
Abhinav Mukund, who was born in 1990, was widely regarded as the future of Indian cricket. He appeared in seven Test matches for the national squad, scoring 320 runs.
Nevertheless, he was never given the chance to represent India in white-ball cricket. Mukund excelled in first-class cricket, accumulating a whopping 10,258 runs in 145 matches. It’s difficult to forget his undefeated 300-run knock against a star-studded Maharashtra team in 2008.
Nevertheless, unfortunate injuries at critical moments in his career prevented Mukund from representing the national squad in white-ball cricket.
Number 2. Yajurvindra Singh
Yajurvindra Singh, who has a wonderful record in Test cricket, also had a fantastic career in first-class cricket, scoring 3,765 runs and taking 50 wickets in 78 matches.
Yajurvindra Singh made his way into the Indian squad, appearing in four Test matches.
He possesses two world records, both of which he established in his Test debut. He tied Australia’s Vic Richardson’s record of five catches in the first innings, and he caught two more in the second innings, tying Greg Chappell’s record of seven catches in a single match.
Number 3. Hemant Kanitkar
Hemant Shamsunder Kanitkar had a strong first-class record as well. Kanitkar played India in two Test matches, scoring 5,006 runs in 87 matches and taking one wicket.
Kanitkar scored 111 runs in two international matches for India. He hit a career-high 65 runs against the West Indies, but he was unable to replicate that performance in subsequent matches, causing him to lose his spot in the team.
He, too, was passed up to play white-ball cricket for India since his domestic record did not justify his achievements with the national squad.
Number 4. David Johnson
David Jude Johnson had a successful domestic cricket career. Johnson, who was born in 1971, played 39 first-class matches throughout his career, taking 125 wickets and scoring 437 runs.
His accomplishments in domestic cricket earned him a spot in Team India’s Test squad when they faced Australia in a one-off Test match at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in 1996.
Johnson was called up when Srinath was ruled out due to injury. He played in two Test matches for India, taking three wickets and scoring eight runs.
Number 5. Raghuram Bhat
Raghuram Bhat was called up to the national squad following a streak of outstanding domestic performances. Bhat had an outstanding first-class record, capturing 374 wickets in 82 matches.
Throughout his numerous first-class matches, he also scored 754 runs. He was called up to the national Test squad because to his domestic accomplishments, but he never represented India in white-ball cricket.
Many believe that Bhat was pulled from the national team too soon, despite the fact that he was one of the finest bowlers on the right field. His first Test wicket came from former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad.