Five Indian all-rounders who faded away after promising starts
Indian all-rounders who didn't quite make their mark in the international arena.
Indian cricket during the turn of the millennium underwent a rapid resurrection of sorts with new television deals and an infusion of young players to energize the experienced old heads in the squad.
India's model of cricketing development has been a shining example for the world over the years but there was a time in the early 2000s when the national side lacked depth.
The role of an all-rounder has been crucial to cricket since its inception and India have always looked weak in that department apart from a few stars like Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar.
Indian selectors turned to these five players on various occasions, trying to fill the void of the go-to all-rounder the Indian team lacked. The list consists of a host of Indian all-rounders who failed to make a significant impact and hence lost their place in the national team.
Jai Prakash Yadav, born in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, is a former nationally capped all-rounder who had his first stint with the national team in 2002, against the West Indies. Only appearing in two games against the Carribean nation, Yadav continued to play well, putting in good all-round displays in the domestic circuit.
Yadav was called up to the Indian team in 2005 for tours against Zimbabwe and New Zealand but failed to make an impact with the ball and bat. He was also included in the Indian squad when Sri Lanka toured the country later that year. However, that would be the last time Jai Prakash Yadav would play for India.
Despite good performances for the Railways and Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, amassing over 7000 runs and picking up 296 wickets, Yadav faded away as selectors overlooked the Bhopal born cricketer for future tours.