Every young cricket player’s dream is to play for the country. As the competition is tough, players who fail to create a good first impression are overlooked by the selectors. There are very few who actually make it to the top 11. Even after achieving the spot in the country’s best 11, some shine and some just lose their track.
Let’s take a look at 5 forgotten Indian cricketers.
One of the most sought-after bowlers in India in the 90s, Debashish Mohanty couldn’t live up to his potential post the 1999 WC. For someone after whom the ICC designed their logo for the mega-event, the pacer’s career went into a downward spiral. However, he was dropped from the side in 2001 and lost his place to upcoming pacers like Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan. He represented India in 47 international matches between 1997 to 2001.
With a bowling style similar to Aussie legend, Glenn McGrath; employing a similar line, length and top-grade seam bowling to trap batsmen put Salvi in the limelight. Just in a matter of year, he went from a reserve seam bowler in the Mumbai team, to India A and then made his ODI debut for India against Bangladesh. He could only play 4 ODIs before he got caught up with injuries and sidelined him and his international career. He possessed a commendable height and run-up which used to propel his strong bowling action.
Amay Khurasiya was selected as part of India’s World Cup squad in 1999 after he scored a quick half-century in his debut match against Sri Lanka in the Pepsi Cup in 1999. Despite finding himself in the team, he didn’t get a chance to play in any game in the tournament. His ability to play briskly was the main reason he was picked. Bowlers picked his tendency to shuffle a lot in the crease, and it ended his international career in 2001. He ended up playing only 11 ODIs for India. He is is currently running a cricket academy.
Tinu Yohannan became the first player from Kerala to represent India at International level. Tinu was one of the promising young bowlers, who made it to the National squad in December, 2001. He impressed everyone with dismissing both English openers in his debut test. But after playing 3 equal number of ODIs and Tests, he was dropped from the squad due to his inconsistent form. He failed to grab his position back and slowly faded out. Years later, he showed up in the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009.
Probably one of the best left handed batsmen who ruled in early 2000s. He made his debut in 2001 against Australia and stayed in the squad till 2008. He was a part of two World Cups but he failed to perform in both. Mongia played a memorable knock of unbeaten 159 against Zimbabwe. In various turns of events, he joined the demented Indian Cricket League and since then he is not allowed in the team. Mongia scored a total of 1,230 runs in the 51 innings he played for the Indian team.