Team India is absolutely flying under Virat Kohli. The captaincy career, which began with a heartbreaking loss in Galle in 2015 which was Kohli’s first Test series as permanent captain, has now taken full flight as the 28-year old has led the team to eight straight Test series wins with the latest being a thumping 3-0 win against Sri Lanka.
That Kohli meant business as a captain was very much clear when he led the team to a 2-1 series victory in Sri Lanka in 2015 after losing the opener and the juggernaut is still rolling on. After the victory against the islanders, the Kohli-led side defeated South Africa (3-0), West Indies (2-0), New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1-0), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka.
His limited-overs captaincy has also started on a good note. After leading the team to ODI and T20I series wins over England in his first assignment, Kohli led the Men in Blue to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. But amidst all this, one seems to have forgotten that there are several players are not getting a chance to break into the team despite being proven performers.
So here we are taking a look at 5 such players:
4. Karun Nair:
With Virat Kohli’s love for having a settled playing eleven, Karun Nair is paying the price as he is finding it tough to break into the team despite scoring a historic triple century against England last year. In fact, he was dropped in the very next Test after his monumental knock before getting the chance to prove himself during the Border-Gavaskar series.
And although, he failed to make the limited chances count against Australia, there is absolutely no denying that he is one of the most highly-rated players in the domestic circuit and certainly deserves a longer rope in the Test team.
3. Sarfaraz Khan:
Earmarked for achieving greater heights in the game, the youngster is still not in frame as far as the senior Indian team is concerned. The 19-year old, who rose to prominence when just at the age of 12, he broke the record for the highest score in the Harris Shield inter-school tournament, making 439 for Rizvi Springfield, had proved his mettle in the 2015 Indian Premier League when his quickfire cameos impressed one and all.
In 2016, he finished the Under-19 World Cup as the second-highest run-scorer with 355 runs from six matches, often rescuing India from faltering starts. However, his promising career took an unfortunate turn when his poor fitness forced Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli to keep him out of the playing eleven despite his impressive performances in the previous seasons as the right-handed batsman did not get a single game due to his poor fitness in 2017
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
India’s pace spearhead in limited-overs cricket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struggled to become a regular in the Test team with the recently-concluded series in Sri Lanka being one example. The right-arm pacer, who once again finished the IPL as its highest wicket-taker, played an integral role in India’s march to the final of the Champions Trophy but was benched for all the three Tests against Sri Lanka.
What is more unfortunate for the bowler is the fact that he has not been included in the Test playing eleven despite performing really well in the limited-chances he has got so far. His five-wicket hauls against West Indies and New Zealand last year had helped the team to win the matches but sadly he is still waiting to become a regular in the team.
1. Dinesh Karthik:
Dinesh Karthik is perhaps the most unluckiest of the lot. One of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuits for the last one decade or so, the Tamil Nadu star was not included in the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka despite impressing in the limited chances he got after being recalled in the team prior to the Champions Trophy. He did not get any game in the main tournament but scored 94 in the warm-up game against Bangladesh. During the West Indies tour, he played just two ODIs on the series but managed to score an unbeaten half-century before scoring 48 in the one-off T20.
The wicketkeeper-batsman also had a very fruitful outing in the last season of the domestic season as well as the Indian Premier League. The 31-year-old led Tamil Nadu to their fifth Vijay Hazare title by scoring 112 in the final against Bengal. He finished the 50-overs tournament as the top run-getter averaging 86.71 while scoring 607 runs in nine matches.
In the Ranji Trophy, he scored 704 runs in 10 matches at an average of 54.15. He continued his red-hot form in the Duleep Trophy as well where he scored 211 runs in the three games he played for India Blue. He also led Tamil Nadu to Deodhar Trophy title by scoring 247 runs in three matches. His form in the IPL was equally impressive where he amassed 361 runs in 14 outings at an average of a shade over 36. Bur despite all these impressive performances, he has not managed to win the faith of the selectors and the captain.