Great Former Players Of The Indian Cricket Team
The competition in cricket has always been tough and sky-high. It is the most popular sport in India, played and enjoyed by the majority of people. In every ‘gully’ of India, there is a child who dreams of becoming a famous Indian cricketer and representing the national team on the international level. And though it is a fascinating dream, it requires a lot of hard work, patience and dedication to be a part of “Men In Blue”.
Over the years, there have been numerous cricket players who have been able to debut owing to their applause-worthy performances in domestic cricket but only some managed to grab a spot in the national team. There are also players who have given great performances but left the pitch too soon and their name got lost among the many in the cricket world.
Below-mentioned are some of the cricket players who have been long forgotten-
Yahspal Sharma was an Indian International cricket player who played during the 1970s and 80s. He represented India in 37 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1978 and 1985. A great middle-order batsman, Yashpal Sharma was a part of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He first grabbed eyeballs when he scored 260 for Punjab schools against Jammu & Kashmir schools in 1972. Soon, Yashpal Sharma was in the state team and scored his first major innings in first-class cricket, a 173 in the Duleep Trophy for the North. He made his ODI debut during the tour of Pakistan in 1978 and his Test debut against England in 1979. Nicknamed “Crisis Man For India'' by Sunil Gavaskar, Yashpal Sharma was the second leading run-scorer for India during the 1983 World Cup with 240 runs in eight matches.
Currently serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana Police, Joginder Sharma Indian cricketer made occasional appearances on the cricket pitch. He played for Chennai Super Kings from 2008-2012 and was a member of the 2007 inaugural ICC T20 World Cup Champions Indian team. A former captain of the Haryana state team, Joginder Sharma was an all-rounder, who played as a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He made his first-class debut for Haryana against Madhya Pradesh in the 2002/03 Ranji Trophy, hitting 81 and leading the team to victory. Joginder Sharma Indian cricketer, became a national sensation when he played for India A against the national team at Bangalore and dismissed players like Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Yuvraj Singh. In the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa, he bowled the last over in the semi-finals against Australia and took 2 wickets, guiding India to a victory of 15 runs. Joginder Sharma also threw the winning ball in the finals against Pakistan.
The former Indian spinner, Narendra Hirwani’s career was short spanned but extremely inspiring. He made his first class debut for Madhya Pradesh at the age of 16 and took five wickets on his debut. Narendra Hirwani left everyone in awe of his skills as he picked up 23 wickets in three matches against Australia as a part of the U-19 Indian cricket team. His outstanding gameplay earned him a spot in the national cricket team. In his debut match against West Indies in 1988, Narendra Hirwani took 5 West Indian wickets on the second day and bowled Vivian Richards with a googly on the third day. He finished 8 for 41 and became the only fourth bowler to take eight wickets in an innings on debut. In the second innings, Narendra Hirwani took 8 for 75, for match figures 16 for 136 and broke the record of Bob Massie who had taken 16 for 137 on his debut in 1972. Later, he took 20 wickets in three tests against New Zealand. Narendra Hirwani’s test record of 36 wickets is the most by any bowler this early in their career.
Cricketer Rajesh Chauhan made some contributions to cricket and the biggest highlight is that India lost none of the 21 Tests he was a part of. The former Indian cricketer played 21 Tests and 35 One Day Internationals from 1993 to 1998. He was a part of the Indian spin trio - Anil Kumble (Leg break), Venkatapathy Raju (Left-arm orthodox), Rajesh Chauhan (Off break). Cricketer Rajesh Chauhan is remembered best for his last-over six against Saqlain Mushtaq at Karachi in 1997, which resulted in a four-wicket win for the team. In his cricket career of five years, cricketer Rajesh Chauhan amassed a total of 98 runs at an average of 7.0 in Tests and 138 at an average of 10.15 in ODIs.
Retired in 2015, Hrishikesh Kanitkar is an Indian cricket player who played Tests and ODIs. A left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, he was one of the only three batsmen to have scored 8000-plus runs in the Ranji Trophy and also the only captain in the championship’s history to lift the Elite and Plate league titles. Tracing his journey back, Hrishikesh Kanitkar made his first-class debut against the Mumbai cricket team. He captained the Rajasthan Ranji team as a senior player and led the team to their maiden victory against Baroda in the finals. During his time in the Brentwood Cricket Club in Essex, Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored over 1000 runs throughout the season with an average of 76. He had a brief international cricket career and is remembered for hitting a four when India required 3 runs to win from 2 balls in the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup final against Pakistan, leading his side to triumph. After a good run on the pitch as a player, Hrishikesh Kanitkar became the head coach of the Goa cricket team for the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy and later of the Tamil Nadu cricket team from 2016 to 2019.