Virat Kohli may not have scored a century in any format for more than last two years but he is certainly one of the greatest of all times. Many records have been broken by the former skipper of the Indian cricket team and he is considered to be the best candidate to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries.
Virat Kohli came into limelight after India’s under-19 team won the ICC Under-19 World Cup under his leadership in the year 2008, he was the second Indian skipper to achieve this feat. Soon he became an integral part of the Indian cricket squad and he was also made the skipper of the team in all the three formats. Though India never won any major ICC tournament under Kohli’s leadership, he is still one of the most successful skippers of the country because his winning percentage is more than that of any other captain.
While Virat Kohli has tasted success in his career and he is an important part of the Indian team even now, there are some players who debuted into the international cricket in the same year as Virat Kohli but they are nowhere to be seen in the cricketing circuits at present.
Here are 5 such players who debuted with Virat Kohli but were not able to make it big in the cricket world:
1. Subramaniam Badrinath:
The cricketer from Tamil Nadu performed superbly in domestic circuits because of which he was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2008. Though Badrinath was not a big hitter of the ball, he played some really good knocks and helped his team in winning matches and soon he got the call for national duty but he was not able to use the opportunity for his benefit. In 7 ODIs, Badrinath was able to score only 79 runs and as a result, he was not included in the Indian squad for the 2011 ICC World Cup. He did get one more chance as he was called for the ODI and T20I series against West Indies but that turned out be his last international series. It is being said that he has taken up commentary after taking retirement from cricket.
2. Manpreet Gony:
The pacer from Punjab made an impact in the IPL 2008 as he took 17 wickets from the 16 games that he played and soon he was included in the Indian squad. However, he was not able to replicate his performance and picked only 2 wickets in the 2 ODIs that he could play. He was dropped from the national team but he kept on playing in the IPL for various IPL teams.
3. Manoj Tiwary:
The cricketer turned politician from Bengal was considered as one of the most promising talents in those times and his superb performances in domestic circuits formed the platform for his entry in the Indian cricket team. He made his ODI debut against Australia but was not able to make any impact, however he kept on performing at the domestic level and he was once again given a chance against West Indies, three years after his debut. Though it is correct that Manoj Tiwary had to face a lot of competition, it is also true that his international career got affected due to his injuries too.
4. Yusuf Pathan:
The elder brother of cricketer Irfan Pathan was known for his aggressive style of batting and he was certainly a good all-rounder. Yusuf Pathan played many match-winning knocks in domestic, international and IPL matches and he had the capability to win matches on his own but his biggest problem was his inconsistency.
5. Pragyan Ojha:
The Indian cricket has produced many great spinners and Pragyan Ojha was also termed as the boy to look for in the future. Though he secured his place in the longest format of the game, he was not much effective in the shorter formats and last international match of Sachin Tendulkar turned out to be his last international game as well. Pragyan Ojha has 113 wickets to his name from 24 test matches, 21 wickets from 18 ODIs and 10 wickets from 6 T20Is. In Feb 2020, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Not everyone makes it big but still these cricketers are special because making it to the national squad is no less than an achievement. What do you say?