Cricket is the most loved and watched sport in India. The players are treated as role models by the fans who have crazy love for their favourite players and keep a keen eye on their day to day activities. Over the years the players have displayed master class with both bat as well as with ball and have etched their name in history.
In a country where cricket is celebrated as a festival, playing cricket for Team India is a dream of every child who holds the bat in his hand at the age of 6-7 years. The young players grind hard and enter the domestic circuit and on account of terrific performances enter the national team. While some live up to expectations many fail to rise to the occasion and deliver. Over the years many star players have represented the Indian cricket team but failed to become the regular feature in the side. In this article, we will take a look at five players who should have had a long career.
Irfan Pathan was arguably one of the finest Indian all-rounders to have graced the game of cricket. Debuting for India in 2002 against Australia, the left-arm all-rounder was a complete package for Team India. During his peak, many fans even compared him with the great Kapil Dev. He earned rich praise across the globe after his heroics with the ball during his debut ODI series against Australia and Zimbabwe (tri-nation series) as he took 31 wickets in all during the series. His career was a roller coaster ride, the highlight of which was his Test hat-trick in the first over of the match against Pakistan.
Despite having success in all the formats of the game he last played for India when he was 27 years of age as many felt that he should have played far more than what he played. Pathan then later in 2020 called a time of his career as overall in 29 Test matches the left-arm pacer took 100 wickets to go with 201 wickets in the white-ball format. He was no mug with the bat as in 173 international matches he scored 2821 runs including some crucial knocks for his team.