5 Indian teenage sensations who failed to cement their place in the national side
They were just unable to live up to the incredible expectations.
When he started off as a 16-year old for the Indian team, Sachin Tendulkar’s selection as an inexperienced, young teenager grabbed a lot of eyeballs. As a teenager, the world is in front of you, and sky is the limit. However, handling a young sensation is a major task for coaches, as the fear of peaking too early or losing the way are always there.
Here’s a look at five teenage sensations from India, who showed immense potential when they made their debut for the national side, but failed to cement a permanent spot in the side.
Chawla first created ripples in the Indian cricketing circles in 2005 Challenger Trophy when he bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly. Earmarked for a bright future, the 17-year old was fast-tracked into the national side to face England in a Test series. A nervous debut saw him being targetted by Kevin Pietersen, as was taken off early from the attack by the skipper, Rahul Dravid. With Anil Kumble’s impending retirement and Harbhajan Singh's indifferent form, Chawla was expected to be handed over a prominent role in the team.
As he played more matches for the national team, his stock delivery, the leg spin, kept disappearing, with him relying more on his variations: the googly and the flipper. Part of the 2011 World Cup winning side, he could not garner enough confidence in the eyes of the selectors to be given a long run. He last played for India in 2012.