Test cricket is not granted for everyone, even the best of the cricketing talents fail to live up to their caliber when it comes to the five-day format. With the advent of T20 cricket and some entertaining unorthodox hitting, only a few of the modern-day cricketing fans across the globe are paying some attention to the toughest format of the game.
Even though the fans of ODI and T20 cricket are more in today’s time, but we can’t deny the fact that the fun that comes in Test cricket is not in any other cricket format.
Today we are going to tell you about those four Indian cricketers who earned a lot of name in ODI cricket but could not maintain their dominance in Test cricket. Have a look:
1- Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja has been one of the most stylish players of Team India. The famous batting legend earned a lot of name for the country at the ODI level but sadly, failed to achieve success in Test cricket.
Jadeja made his Test debut in 1992 against South Africa in Durban and by the year 2000, he played only 15 Tests. In 24 innings of 15 Tests, he scored just 576 runs at an average of 26.18. During this time, he could hit only four fifties and his best performance was 96 runs.
During those eight years of his career, Jadeja participated in 196 ODIs for India and managed to score 5359 runs in 179 innings with an average of 37.47. He scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries in his ODI career. He also took 20 wickets with an economy of 5.25 in ODIs. Jadeja’s career came to an end in 2000 after his name was found in match-fixing.
2- Suresh Raina
The second name in this list is Team India’s star left-handed batsman Suresh Raina. Raina is also one of those few Indian players who have had a lot of dominance in ODI cricket but couldn’t leave a mark in the Test.
However, the debut of Raina’s Test career was very impressive. He made his Test debut on the Sri Lanka tour of 2010 and was already successful in scoring a century in Mukabalane. But after this test, he could not perform well in this format.
Raina played just 18 Test matches for Team India and scored 768 runs in 31 innings at an average of 26.48. Raina managed to score a century and seven half-centuries and took 13 wickets in his Test career.
On the other hand, Raina played 226 ODI matches and managed to score 5615 runs at an average of 35.31. He managed to score five centuries and 36 half-centuries in his ODI career. In 78 T20I matches, Raina scored 1604 runs with a strike rate of 134.
3- Ashish Nehra
India’s veteran left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra is also included in this list. Throughout his international career, he was very upset with injuries. Nehra made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 1999 and played the last Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in the year 2004.
During his cricket career, Nehra got the opportunity to play only 17 Test matches for India and managed to take 44 wickets at an average of 42.41. During this time, Nehra’s best performance was seen at 4/72.
At the same time, in ODI cricket, Nehra played 120 ODIs and 27 T20 matches for Team India and during this time he got 157 ODI and 34 Twenty20 wickets in his account. In 2017, Nehra, due to continuous injury and poor fitness, had taken retirement from International cricket.
4- Yuvraj Singh
The last name on this list is Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj Singh has a very big name in ODIs and T20 cricket. Yuvi won a countless number of matches on his own. Whether it was T20 World Cup or the ODI World Cup, Yuvraj spread his magic everywhere.
But in Test cricket, Yuvi could not achieve the name and success like the rest of the formats. Yuvraj made his Test debut against New Zealand in the year 2003 and his Test match came against England in the year 2012.
Yuvi played only 40 Tests during his 9 years cricket career and could score 1900 runs in 62 innings with an average of about 34. In this format, Yuvraj scored three centuries and 11 fifties. The special thing is that all these three centuries came against Pakistan.
In ODI cricket, Yuvraj Singh scored 8701 runs in 304 matches and 1177 runs in 58 T20I matches. In ODIs, Yuvi managed to take 111 wickets with 14 centuries. In 2019, Yuvraj had taken retirement.