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5 Indian debutant duos who had contrasting careers

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MS Dhoni and Joginder Sharma
Joginder Sharma (2L) and MS Dhoni (R) celebrating after winning the inaugural World T20 

A total of 210 cricketers have represented India in the One-Day Internationals till date but not all of them went on to have great careers. To get a national call-up in India demands a lot of hard work and some talent but to become a successful international cricketer demands lot more.

The challenges in international cricket are a lot stiffer than that of domestic circuit. Among the 210 cricketers who have represented India in ODIs, a handful of names went on to the history books as successful cricketers.

However, plenty of names got erased from public memory shortly after they achieved their lifelong goal of representing their nation. Interestingly, there are instances when two players made their respective debuts in the same game but had careers which are poles apart.

Here we take a look at five Indian debutant duos who had totally contrasting careers.   

1) MS Dhoni & Joginder Sharma

Everyone remembers the 2007 T20 World Cup final

The first match of the India-Bangladesh ODI series was played at Chittagong on 23 December 2004. For India, a young wicketkeeper-batsman and a pacer made their debut in ODIs on that day. Joginder Sharma, who picked up the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq in the final of the inaugural World T20 and the captain who lifted the World Cup MS Dhoni both debuted in this victorious match against Bangladesh. 

MS Dhoni is undoubtedly the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team as he led India to two world cup titles. He is also the only captain in history to win all the ICC world events. The right-handed batsman is also considered as one of all time best finishers of the game. He has represented and captained India in all the international formats and scored close to 20,000 runs. The Ranchi-born cricketer also has more than 600 dismissals to his name.

Joginder Sharma, who bowled the last ball of that iconic final against arch-rivals Pakistan at Johannesburg, is currently working as the Deputy Commissioner of Haryana Police. The right-arm pacer from Rohtak only managed to play for the national team on eight occasions but is currently serving as an officer of the law.  

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