5 Ranji Trophy captains who never played for India
In a country populated by 1.03 billion citizens, nearly half of which bleed blue, the struggle to make it to even the domestic cricket arena is real. When in India, every morning you will find a bunch of young boys clad in white, carrying their kit, flocking to the ground nearest to them, with just one dream – that of representing the country someday in the future. But let alone the national team, getting a berth in a local club too is an uphill battle for most.
But the closest one can get to the national team is by playing the Ranji Trophy. And even after having a brilliant record in the biggest cricketing event at the domestic level, some fail to make it to the national team. Here’s a list of Ranji Trophy captains who never played for India.
#1 Mithun Manhas
For some very talented cricketers, it was unlucky to be born in the era of the four legends of Indian cricket – Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, and Laxman. Mithun Manhas is one such middle-order batsman. Throughout his career, the national team had enough talent to make room for new ones. For the Delhi Ranji team, the skipper Manhas was the pillar since 1998, until he chose to make a shift to the Jammu & Kashmir team.
He was at the helm when the Delhi team ended their long championship drought in the 2007-08 season. The skipper scored 921 runs in that season, at an average of 57.56. He is also the overall third highest run-scorer in the series with 8504 runs from 1998 to present.