5 promising Indian cricketers who played just one ODI
A closer look at five Indian cricketers who should definitely have been given a chance beyond their ODI debuts.
Getting a call-up to the national team takes years of excellent performances at the domestic level and a commensurate level of hard work.
When a player finally gets selected to the national team it is, without a doubt, a major accomplishment. When it comes to India, it is even tougher, since there is a far bigger pool of players to choose from.
However, selection in the team is only the first step and the player needs to come good fairly quickly. That being said, one ODI game is hardly enough to judge the abilities of a player and over the course of India's cricket history, some players failed to get a look in after failing to impress in their debut game.
Here is a look at 5 of them, who should have actually played more.
#5 Dodda Ganesh
The right-arm fast bowler was one of the most promising bowlers in India back in the mid 1990s and considering the fact that Dodda Ganesh emerged as the top bowler for Karnataka (a team which boasted of bowlers like Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble), it was only a matter of time before he was selected for the national team.
Ganesh was picked for the tough tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1996-97 and it was then that he made his ODI debut. The game was played at Bulawayo and India lost the game miserably after they had been shot out for 168 batting first.
In response, Zimbabwe won comfortably by 8 wickets but one of the 2 wickets to fall was taken by Ganesh. He bowled five overs, gave away 20 runs and picked up the solitary wicket.
Although he played four Test matches for India, he was never selected for an ODI ever again. Perhaps it was a bit too harsh on him.