Cricket in India gained massive popularity after the Men in Blue achieved their maiden world cup victory in the 1983 edition of the coveted championship. India slowly emerged as a nation where the game was adopted as a religion with over a billion followers. The transition from the underdogs to one of the strongest cricket teams took a couple of decades, the tenure not only witnessed some phenomenal cricketing talents but also showcased some areas of concern which remain perpetual with the Indian limited overs side.
Team India was deprived of a genuine wicket keeping batsman until Mahendra Singh Dhoni came into the international arena and provided a permanent solution to one of the major problems in the history of Indian cricket.
India’s worries with its wicket-keeping batsmen were evident from the fact that team India had tried as many as 14 wicketkeepers from the period of 1975 to 2004. Though most of them were neat with their glove-work but lacked the technique with the bat at the highest level.
Here are three Indian wicket keeping batsmen who made it to the India team but failed to impress in the limited overs format, accumulating runs at a below-par average throughout their careers.
Note: A minimum of 10 innings has been taken into account.
# 3 Kiran More
Kiran More made his international ODI debut on the back of a few phenomenal performances in the domestic circuit in the year 1984. Though he did not bat in his debut game, his wicket-keeping skills grabbed eyeballs. He made his Test debut for India in 1986 against a strong English side in their backyard. He made a decent 25 in the first innings of the game and also contributed with 5 catches to his name.
However, as an ODI batsman, he could never establish himself as he accumulated merely 563 runs at a poor average of 13.09 in the 94 games he played for India.