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5 utility players who were never given their due

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The game of cricket requires three different skills to make it function properly – batting, bowling and fielding. While all players in the team are expected to know how to field, there are generally specialists who take up the role of either batsmen or bowlers. However, there are players in every team who can make a contribution with both bat and ball.

Although these players fall under the broad category of all-rounders, they are usually referred to as ‘utility cricketers’ as they are not experts in one particular department of the sport. Over the years, such players have been part of many successful cricketing sides but did not receive enough credit for their performances.

Let’s take a look at 5 utility players from different teams who were never given their due:

1. Robin Singh (India)

Robin Singh was a regular in the Indian ODI team during the late 1990s

Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh made his debut for India back in the year 1989 but played just 2 ODI matches. After a gap of 7 years, he returned to the team and did not take too long to cement his position in the Indian team thanks to his all-round skills. In a career which consisted of 136 ODIs and a solitary Test, Singh came to be known as one of the best fielders in the team.

As a left-handed batsman, Robin Singh scored more than 2000 ODI runs at an average of just under 26 and grabbed 69 wickets. Among his most memorable performances was an 82 against Pakistan at Dhaka during the final of a triangular series which helped India chase down a then record 315. With the ball, he famously picked up a 5-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup.

Despite being such a useful contributor for Team India in the late 1990s, Robin Singh is hardly remembered for anything apart from his fielding.

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