5 unsuccessful Indian cricketers with great statistics
India has given the game of cricket some of its finest performers over the years. Be it Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid, all of them have broken barriers and taken the sport to a whole new level. Apart from these big names, there are also other players who performed consistently enough for the national team.
However, the country's cricket has not always been about players achieving success. There are multiple cases of players who failed to make a long-lasting impact in the international arena. While some of them just could not adapt to the bigger stage, there are a few who did well for a brief period and have some wonderful statistics to show.
Here are 5 Indian cricketers who were largely unsuccessful but have great statistics:
5. Madhav Apte
Test Batting Avg. - 49.27
A right-handed batsman by trade, Madhav Apte was quick to be drafted into the Indian Test team after just one season of first-class cricket. Although he could not do much of note in his debut series against Pakistan, Apte was picked for India's 5-Test tour to the West Indies.
He repaid the faith shown in him by scoring back-to-back half-centuries in the first Test and following it up with another one in the next match. The third Test of the series saw Madhav Apte crack an unbeaten 163 at Port of Spain, a career best for him.
Apte ended up with a tally of 460 runs and emerged as the third highest run-scorer in the series below Everton Weekes and Polly Umrigar. However, in a shocking turn of events, he was dropped from the Indian team never to be picked again.
In 7 Tests during his international career, Madhav Apte scored 542 runs at an average of a little under 50 with a century and three fifties.