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Before Hardik Pandya, India tried these 5 fast-bowling all-rounders, but they failed; who they are

Thu October 05 2017, 9:41 pm
  • Indian cricket is known for its deep talent pool and has given the world the likes of Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Manoj Prabhakar and Vinoo Mankad. Although the Indian selectors have found an all-rounder in the form of Hardik Pandya, Indian cricket has majorly looked weak in this department. The BCCI has given chances to various players but they either they failed to prove themselves or faded away after showing initial promise. Here are the five fast bowling all-rounders that failed to make an impact at international level: (BCCI)

  • 1) Stuart Binny son of legendary Roger Binny made his debut for India in 2014 against England. Binny made his first class debut in 2003-04 and it took him more than a decade to wear the 'Blue Jersey'. The wicket-to-wicket medium pacer did not do much with the ball and was eventually dropped from the team after 2015 World Cup. (IE)

  • 2) Joginder Sharma is the 2007 T20 World Cup's winning hero. A surprise inclusion in the squad, Sharma caught the eye of selectors after having some good bowling spell against the national team batsmen in the domestic circuit. However, despite his magic spell in the finals of T20 World Cup which led to the dismissal of Misbah-ul-Haq he has not been called again to the national team. (Twitter)

  • 3) Born in Maharashtra, Sanjay Bangar made his first-class debut with Railways at the age of 21. Bangar used to open with bat and ball at Railways. Having a good amount of experience in the domestic circuit, he was called for India's Test squad in 2011 against England. Walking in at No. 7, Bangar batted aggressively but a dip in form later in 2004 cost him his place in the team. (BCCI)

  • 4) Hailing from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, Rishi Dhawan made his first-class debut at a tender age of 19. Known for his subtle variations in his bowling and he is also preferred by teams in limited-overs cricket. Dhawan got his debut for team India in 2016 at Australia and that was it. He never was able to make a comeback for India after the series got over. (PTI)

  • 5) Reetinder Singh Sodhi was the Indian captain for U-15 World Cup and later vice-captain for U-19 World cup. Interestingly, India won both the tournaments. Sodhi was then called for an ODI in December 2000 against Zimbabwe and after a rapid rise he was regarded more as a long-term prospect for Indian team than an immediate recruit. After that he dropped from the front-runners list by Indian selectors. (Twitter)

  1. Manish Chakraborty
    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm
    Yes I want to do the job. It's my duty. I'm a Senior Secondary pass out candidate.

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