India has produced legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni. There were a lot of players who were expected to perform as well, and define the future of Indian cricket. Unfortunately, they fizzled out after showing a promising start to their careers.
1. Vinod Kambli
Like his best friend Sachin Tendulkar, Kamble also possessed great talents. He made a cracking debut and scored back-to-back double centuries. He was considered the future of Indian cricket. He had a lot of controversies on the field and this led him to retire from test cricket at 23, and he didn’t play ODI for much longer either. Ironically, his biography is named Vinod Kambli-the lost hero.
2. Irfan Pathan
He picked a hat trick on his first test match. He scalped the wickets of Adam Gilchrist and Steve Waugh. India had found that golden boy of cricket. As he played, the consistency and the swing he used to deliver initially were not there in the later matches. He lost his spot in the squad when Greg Chappell was the coach. He didn’t get a proper place back in the team after that.
3. Rohan Gavaskar
Being the son of legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Rohan was expected to play an succeed precisely like his father. The comparisons from the minute he held the bat were what restricted his success. He started well but couldn’t perform in the next few matches. He also tried playing for Bengal in the Ranji trophy. Unfortunately, he couldn’t live up to the expectations because of all the pressure created that he is Sunil Gavaskar’s son.
4. Stuart Binny
When India was looking for an all-rounder to solve their middle order chaos, they found a perfect one in Stuart Binny, Roger Binny’s son. Except on the one occasion against Bangladesh when he registered record bowling figures, he has never proved himself for India.
5. Murali Vijay
At his peak, he was considered the most reliable player in test cricket. He was a classy batsman and played beautiful shots. He kept the scoreboard ticking when ever the side needed him. However, his sudden loss of form and criticism due to his personal life broke his record. Other test openers took his place and performed exceptionally well. Vijay fizzled out and never got his place back.
6. Yusuf Pathan
Like his cousin Irfan, Yusuf was a cracking player who could score the runs whenrequired and pick crucial wickets In 2007. He was included in the team because ofthose performances. It is his inconsistency that made him lose his spot on the team.After that, he did put up some promising performances in the IPL.
7. Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary is undoubtedly the most experienced and talented bowler we have today. Even in the current IPL, he performed well. Inconsistency is his minus point. He never succeeded in his potential.
8. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik has all the qualities of the best wicket-keeper batsman. He debuted simultaneously as MS Dhoni, who shone and became a legend of Indian cricket .Karthik couldn’t achieve the same success, but he possesses the talents, only he didn’t get enough opportunities to showcase them. He could’ve been the superstar,
but unfortunately, not many people recognize him as the player he is.
9. Unmukt Chand
Chand performed exceptionally in the under 19 World Cup and was expected to be the future, the next big thing in Indian cricket. But the same dashing youngster could not convert the performances from the under 19 World Cup to gain a spot in the national side.
10. Aakash Chopra
Chopra has scored more than 10,000 runs in his first-class career, which not manypeople have done. His form faded when he faced the stress of international cricket. Otherwise, he could have become another Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli.