The Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament, is considered to be a breeding ground for the country’s future cricketing stars. Over the years, many players who graduated to the national team from the Ranji circuit managed to hold their own and established their identity in international cricket.
However, as is the case with other domestic first-class tournaments across the world, performing well in the Ranji Trophy does not guarantee a Team India call-up. The history of Indian cricket is full of instances wherein some of the finest performers in the tournament spent their entire careers waiting for a chance to play at the top level.
India’s current domestic structure also has a few players who have been doing well on a regular basis in the Ranji Trophy but are highly unlikely to get selected in the national team.
Here are 5 consistent Ranji performers who may never play for India:
#1 Mithun Manhas
Age: 36 years
Batting Average: 47.02
Having represented his home state of Delhi for the most part of his domestic career, Mithun Manhas moved to the Jammu & Kashmir side for the 2015/16 season. Manhas has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the Ranji Trophy and currently occupies the 3rd spot in terms of all-time leading run-getters in the tournament with 8,480 runs.
The right-handed batsman has played 153 first-class matches so far, scoring more than 9000 runs at an average in the high 40s and 27 centuries to his name. In the previous season of the Ranji Trophy, Mithun Manhas had a tally of 569 runs in just 9 innings at a terrific average of 81.28.
The Jammu-born cricketer was unfortunate to have emerged at a time when the Indian team boasted of their strongest batting line-up ever. And at the age of 36, it is nearly impossible for Manhas to live his dream to play for the national side.