Not everyone who wields the bat goes on to tear apart record books as the little master did. Similarly, not everyone who holds the cricket ball in his hands have the luck of a Wasim Akram or Shane Warne to become bowling legends that they became. But while destiny deprived them of the fame and demi god status of the stars they played their cricket around, it sort of made up for it by giving them that one day when everything fell in place for them, helping them coolly walk into the record books to make records their own that even the greatest stars would envy.
Here is a look at 5 of those Indian cricketers whose names many of you might not have even possibly heard, but who left the game with some amazing records to their name. Pranav Dhanwade, unfortunately, doesn’t find himself in the list as thanks to social media, there is hardly anyone who can deny not having heard about the teen who racked up 1009 runs to make the highest individual score in Cricket. Another honourable mention would go to Irfan Pathan, who also misses out despite having the best bowling figures of 9/16 in Under-19s Youth One-Day Internationals because he is way too popular for this list.
1. Rahul Sanghvi – Best bowling figures in List A
On a sunny December morning in 2002, Chaminda Vaas proved to be the most expensive bowler and conceded almost half of the runs scored by the opposition. Awful performance, you think right? Well who would mind such an awful performance if it comes with figures of 8-3-19-8. Playing at Colombo, Chaminda Vaas decided to inflict upon a strong Zimbabwean batting line up an embarrassment that would prove difficult to erase from memory for them in times to come as they got skittled out for 38. Vaas was on course to a 10 for when Murali intervened and winkled out two tailenders in just 4 deliveries. Vaas, a tad disappointed, still had got the best ODI bowling figures. But what Murali's intervention ensured that Vaas couldn't snatch away a certain Rahul Sanghvi's only, or to put it mildly, major claim to fame in cricket.
Rahul Sanghvi, while playing for Delhi had removed 8 batsmen of Himachal Pradesh in 1996 for just 15 runs with his slow left armers, a List A record that has proved almost as difficult to breach as Hedley Verity's 10/10 First Class record. Sanghvi appeared for India in just a single test and 10 ODIs in late 90s and early 2000s and couldn’t conjure up the same magic on the big stage.