5 most-capped ODI players who haven’t played Test cricket
Test cricket is unique, it is completely different from the other forms of cricket. It is unlike any other competition in the world because it combines so many different elements - technical, mental, physical and tactical into one contest. Test matches can often last up to five days, something that is definitely unique, and ingenious.
Players too give Test cricket quite some importance. Ask any player which is the most precious cap he would like to earn and the answer would inevitably be the Test cap. Playing Test cricket for their country still remains the dream for most players.
There have been a few players who have featured in limited-overs cricket but have failed to make it to the Test team. Here are five of the highest-capped ODI stars who haven’t played a single Test.
#5 Yusuf Pathan (57 ODIs)
Yusuf Pathan made a name for himself as one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball. He made his international debut in the famous 2007 World T20 final, playing as an opener after Virender Sehwag got injured. He soon made his ODI debut, in 2008. Though he wasn’t consistent, the selectors persisted with him as they considered him a finisher and handy bowler.
While Yusuf’s strike-rate in ODIs was an impressive 113.6, his average of 27 didn’t do enough justice to the talent he possessed. Due to his inconsistency, Pathan could never break into the Test team. He has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India but has never featured in whites.