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Star cricketers who made their international debuts together

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Published 21 Jun 2016, 14:22 IST
21 Jun 2016, 14:22 IST

Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid are just two examples of great cricketers who made their Test debuts together. But both pairs didn't make their international debuts together as one of the two had already played in another format before.

While there have been many players who have made their international debuts together, not all of them have been able to remain successful for any length of time. But there have been a few who have beaten the odds and become successful cricketers.

So here are star cricketers who made their international debut together:

5) Hansie Cronje and Jonty Rhodes

Cronje and Rhodes
Rhodes and Cronje were integral to SA’s success in the 90s

Being a revolutionary in a game that is constantly evolving is not easy but that is precisely what Jonty Rhodes did to the art of fielding. Not only did he elevate it to another level but he set standards that even some modern fielders with all the help of sports science can only dream of matching. And it was a career that all started alongside one of South Africa's finest captains, Hansie Cronje.

Although neither Rhodes nor Cronje had much to do with South Africa's upset nine-wicket victory over Australia in the 1992 World Cup game that they debuted in, they would go on to contribute greatly to the Proteas cause in the years that followed.

While Rhodes was busy revolutionizing the art of the fielding, while also being a more than competent middle-order batsman, Cronje was busy masterminding wins, including becoming the first captain since W.G Grace to win a three-match Test series after being one down. Although Cronje's career would end in tears after the match fixing scandal, his career before that shouldn't be forgotten.

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