5 batsmen who were overshadowed by India's 'Fab Four'
A look at five players who might consider themselves unlucky to not have had enough chances to represent India.
Over the years, India has produced a number of quality batsmen, but not all of them have gone on to represent the national team. There have been a lot of players who’ve performed consistently in domestic cricket and yet haven’t got enough chances at the international level to prove themselves.
Especially during the era of the 'Fab Four' (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly), several Indian batsmen were overshadowed. Here we look at five such batsmen who didn’t get enough chances.
#5 Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer was an opener and a gritty one at that. Having made his debut in 2000, he played only 31 Tests in the span of eight years. Often his contributions went unnoticed due to the presence of stalwarts in the team.
He battled it out in tough conditions: some of his best knocks came away from home in tough conditions. The 212 in Antigua and 116 at Newlands were some of his best knocks for India. Another knock that was brilliant was his 62 against England at Trent Bridge in 2007 (which India won) helping the side off to a good start.
Although Jaffer did have a middling average of 34.10, he often blunted out the new ball making it a tad easier for the middle-order. But with other players (stalwarts) making bigger contributions, he was often overshadowed. And after a few failures, he was dropped in 2008.
Even after getting dropped, Jaffer continued to pile on the runs in domestic cricket. He is currently the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy history. In fact, he has scored more than 17,000 runs in first-class cricket and hence, it won’t be wrong to term Wasim Jaffer as a domestic legend.