3 Indian players who scored a fifty in their last innings but never played again
Dropping a player from the playing XI is something that is very common in cricket. Players get dropped due to poor form, for a better combination in the XI, the return of the first-choice players who were rested for the previous game etc. So, if the team has to drop a player, there are more chances that the player who is struggling to do well gets dropped on more occasions.
However, there are some unfortunate cases where the players have got dropped despite scoring at least 50 runs in their previous innings. Let us take a look at three Indian players who were dropped after scoring a fifty in the previous innings in the format.
Note: Players missing out due to an injury (like Prithvi Shaw) are not considered.
Note: Since they are still going strong in the domestic circuit, there are still chances for all three players to get into the Indian XI in the respective formats.
#3 Faiz Fazal (ODIs)
How often have you seen a player make his debut for his team, score an unbeaten fifty, take his team to an easy win and then not picked to represent them again? Such things rarely happen and when it happens, the player should consider himself unlucky.
This is exactly what has happened to Vidharbha opener Faiz Fazal. Fazal has been in a great run over the last couple of years as he has been scoring runs almost every single time he goes out to bat. Though he is completely on a league of his own now, he has been a consistent batsman in the domestic circuit ever since he made his debut way back in 2003.
Predominantly known as a red ball player, Fazal earned a well-deserved call-up to the Indian team in the ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2016. After warming the bench for the first two matches, Fazal made his debut in the last match of the series.
Chasing 124 to win, Fazal and KL Rahul ensured that India reached the target in 21.5 overs without losing a single wicket. While Rahul was scored 63, Fazal was unbeaten on 55. Rahul cemented his place in the ODI side but unfortunately, that was the last match for Fazal as the regular openers came back to the Indian side.