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10 Indian cricketers who faded away after good starts

Praveen Kumar has gradually declined as a bowler over the years
Praveen Kumar has gradually declined as a bowler over the years
Suraj Sree Ganesh

Getting into your country's cricket team is only the first step to a great career. It takes consistency at the highest level for one to keep their place in the national team.

The likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli have ensured that their form at the domestic level translated into good performances at the international stage. Their consistency made sure they stuck around to have a long and successful career.

On the other hand, there are players who got their chance at the international level who made it to the national team but faded away after starting their careers brightly.

Here we take a look at some of those faded stars who have been forgotten now.


#10 Rishi Dhawan

Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan

Rishi Dhawan, the all-rounder from the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh was once considered as India's solution for a long-term all-rounder. However, after having two unimpressive seasons in the IPL, he has been overlooked by the cricket fraternity.

Dhawan played three ODIs and a single T20 for the national team. In the three ODIs he played, the former Mumbai Indians player could score only 12 runs and pick up the solitary wicket of George Bailey.

The Himachal Pradesh man scored just one run in his only T20 game, and picked just a single wicket in the shortest format of the game, going at an economy of 10.50. He last played for India in 2016 against Australia.

Dhawan will have to revamp his fitness and also prove his worth in domestic tournaments in order to get a look-in by IPL franchises and also the selection committee in order to revive his international career.

#9 Faiz Fazal

Faiz Fazal
Faiz Fazal

Faiz Fazal has arguably been one of the unluckiest cricketers in the history of Indian cricket. Despite putting on spectacular performances in the domestic circuit for 14 years, he has been rewarded only once for his continuous hard work and dedication.

Although Fazal has scored 55 runs in the only game he played for India; he continues to be ignored by selectors and IPL franchises. The opener has completely gone off the radar as India have proven openers in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. His only call-up to the national team came back in 2015, when he scored an unbeaten 55 in the single game he played against Zimbabwe.

At 34, the chance of another national call-up for him is quite slim. However, he continues to be an essential part of the Vidarbha team that won the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup under his captaincy.

#8 Pankaj Singh

Pankaj Singh
Pankaj Singh

Pankaj Singh, the tall and lanky pacer from Rajasthan is currently one of the most experienced players in the domestic circuit. Ever since he made his debut for Rajasthan in 2003, he has been a vital cog for his side.

Despite putting on consistent performances in the domestic circuit, he did not live up to expectations at the international level which has resulted in selectors neglecting him. In the only ODI he ever played for India, he went wicketless and conceded 45 runs. The lanky pacer last played for India against England in 2014.

With the bowler soon turning 35, the recall to the national team seems to get unlikelier by the day.

#7 Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma was one of the most economical bowlers during the 5th and 6th editions of the IPL. However, after that, he wasn't able to make much of an impact and was subsequently dropped by national selectors and IPL franchises alike.

The tall leg-spinner who extracted good bounce using his height has not been anywhere near a spot in the Indian team. To his dismay, he has not made it to the national side since 2012.

With leg-spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal sealing their spot in the XI, breaking into the national team seems like a distant dream for the likes of Sharma.

He has not been in the fray for a spot in Punjab's side lately. Also, Sharma has found no takers since the 8th edition of the IPL.

#6 Abhimanyu Mithun

Abhimanyu Mithun
Abhimanyu Mithun

Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun received a national call-up after he scalped 47 wickets in his very first Ranji Trophy season which also included a hat-trick. In his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2010, he returned with figures of 4/105 on a pitch where most bowlers were being belted away for runs.

His relatively one-dimensional approach has seen Mithun having to make way for other bowlers with more all-round abilities Since 2011, he has been nowhere near to getting the nod.

At 30, he may still be able to make it back to the national setup, considering his brilliant form for Karnataka in the domestic circuit.

#5 Parvinder Awana

Parvinder Awana
Parvinder Awana

Parvinder Awana, the right-arm pacer from Delhi, was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in 2012 after he had a brilliant Ranji trophy season. His abilities to bowl sharp and move the ball off the pitch fetched him a national call-up for the T20 series against England in 2012.

Having conceded 71 runs at a very high economy of 11.83 in the two matches he played, he was dropped from the squad with immediate effect. He struggled in the IPL as well after that and has found no bidders in the auction since 2015.

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar becoming India's main swing bowler, the selectors haven't availed the services of Awana since. Awana has since completely gone off the radar due to his lack of consistency.

#4 Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel
Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel played a crucial role in India's World Cup victory in 2011. The medium-pacer contributed immensely by taking wickets at regular intervals and also by slowing down the momentum of the opposition.

However, these skills have been a thing of the past for Patel as he has struggled to gain the faith of selectors and also find an IPL franchise. His abilities as a bowler being on the wane saw his state side Baroda leave him out from their squad.

Patel has not represented India since 2011. Due to lack of match practice and fitness, he has not been given a look-in either by the IPL franchises or selectors after representing Gujarat Lions in 2017.

#3 Parvez Rasool

Parvez Rasool
Parvez Rasool

Parvez Rasool, the all-rounder from Jammu & Kashmir, shot to prominence when he performed extremely well for J&K with the limited opportunities he got during the 2012-13 Ranji season.

His consistency saw him rewarded with IPL contracts and call-ups in 2013, but it has been a different story for him while donning the blue jersey. Rasool can bowl off-spin but cannot really get through the defence of the batsmen. Also, this weakness in his bowling undermines his batting abilities. 2017 was the last time we saw Rasool in Indian colours.

With the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya playing the role of batting all-rounder for India, Rasool has not been able to make it back to the national team since his only T20I against England.

#2 Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha was in and out of the Indian team till 2013. In Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match against West Indies, he was adjudged as the man of the match after he finished with figures of 10/89.

But since then, he has not been a part of the side and was dropped in favour of fellow left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Ojha's exclusion from the side can be attributed to his ineffective fielding and sub-par bowling at the domestic level at the time. He was also released by Mumbai Indians in 2015 due to the same reasons. The left-arm orthodox spinner has since retired from all forms of the game.

#1 Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar was one of the mainstays in the Indian team until he lost his place in the side due to fitness issues. The medium pacer's abilities to swing the ball both ways and generate good bounce were overshadowed by state teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar as well.

The veteran's injury problems have forced the selectors to drop him, although he is a seasoned campaigner. His ineffective bowling and sloppy fielding issues further prevented teams from bidding for Kumar in the IPL.

As a plethora of young bowlers make a mark and move above the ranks, Praveen Kumar's career remains in a cloud of uncertainty. He is currently plying his trade for Uttar Pradesh at the domestic level.

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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