India is a land of talent. When it comes to sports, there is no dearth of talent, especially in the field of cricket. The sport is treated as a religion and the citizens are almost crazy about the sport. Some spend time learning to play the game while others are born to play the game. However, not everyone is able to live up to the expectations of the billions of sports lovers.
Many times, these talented players have to face injuries while at others, they become a victim of lack of X-factor. There have also been times when cricketers have fallen by the wayside way before reaching the level of success despite the talent.
Here is a list of 5 cricketers who failed despite their talent:
- Irfan Pathan
One of the most promising bowlers as he entered the cricket scene, Pathan was known for his skill to swing the ball both ways. He was also compared to Wasim Akram, the sultan of swing. The skilled bowler took a hatrick against Pakistan and proved his worth through accuracy and late swing movement. However, despite these efforts, he failed to impress the selectors.
Pathan is known to have seen more highs and lows than any other cricketer. A string of injuries made him lose the pace and swing wherein he had to change his action and turn into a line and length bowler. Although selectors chose to bring him for their bowling needs, he could never recover after his first failure.
- Parthiv Patel
Patel made it to the Indian squad as a replacement for Ajay Ratra, the first choice for wicket keeping duties. At the age of 17, Patel became the wicketkeeper in the history of Indian cricket. However, he did not play matches in the domestic circuit at Test debut. Although he was chosen for the Indian squad for the World Cup, he did not play any games. This was because Rahul Dravid was use as a wicketkeeper for ensuring space for another batsman in the squad.
- Munaf Patel
The talented cricketer came into the team and was quite appreciated for his bowling speed. This guy could bowl really fast. As per the latest sports news in Hindi, it is believed that Patel bowled at the speed of around 150 kmph mark at times. This was usually above 140 kmph during his early days. Unfortunately, he faced the same fate as other fast bowlers in India. He suffered from with injuries wherein he needed to work more on his bowling. Although he gave up on speed to expand the duration of his career, he was resorted to an average bowler with speed of 127-130 kmph. He enjoyed success for some time but the batsmen could easily hit him all around and he was out of the team.
- Aakash Chopra
The cricketer entered into the Indian cricket when finding partner for Virender Sehwag was extremely difficult. Gambhir was tried in ODIs. However, he failed to instill any amount of confidence in the selectors. So he wasn’t picked up for Test squad. Later, he entered as second opener for Indian team. In the year 2003, Chopra debuted against New Zealand. Thereafter, he was sent packing in the year 2004. Here, he played around 10 tests but failed to fulfill expectations of Indian selectors.
- Lakshmipathy Balaji
This immensely talented bowler started off on a bright note. In fact, the trio comprising of Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, and Lakshmipathy Balaji emerged as a promising bowling unit for the Indian team. Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, the trio was almost impossible to handle. They turned into a dangerous bowling unit. Balaji was known for his amazing and unparalleled skill to swing the bowl and supplied Indian team with early wickets on several occasions. Unfortunately, a back problem didn’t allow him to contribute much. After sometime he made a come-back into the Indian team under leadership of MS Dhoni but couldn’t do much.