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46 Unlucky Indian Cricketers Who Never Played for India in Tests but Dominated Ranji Trophy (Updated 2023)

Who are some of the unlucky Indian cricketers who never played for India? Rajinder Goel, Amol Muzumdar, Padmakar Shivalkar, AG Ram Singh, B.B. Nimbalkar, Amarjit Kaypee, Sudhakar Adhikari, Hari Gidwani, Jalaj Saxena, and Pandurang Salgaoncar are the Top 10 unluckiest players who never played for India.

Here is the complete list of 39 unlucky Indian players who never played for India (plus honorable mentions at the bottom).

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List of Unlucky Players Who Never Played for India

*Note: Sunil Valson is not on this list because he was selected in the 1983 ODI World Cup on the basis of his List A exploits in the Deodhar & Duleep Trophies, not Ranji Trophy

46. Sheldon Jackson (Saurashtra, 2011-)

  • Role: Batter/Keeper
  • FC Record: 87 Matches, 6343 Runs, best of 186, 48.79 average, 19-100s, 35-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Scored 59* in the Irani Cup, which was Indian first class’ third highest successful chase
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Scored 854 runs at 47.44 in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy and 809 runs at 50.56 the year after, but did not make it to the India A tours. Despite being a consistent presence in the Saurashtra line up, he has not been able to get into the national spotlight, which lead him to depression. Did get rewarded with an IPL contract and some games with KKR though.

45. Pankaj Dharmani (Punjab, 1992-2010)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat, Wicketkeeper
  • FC Record: 147 Matches, 9312 Runs, best of 305*, 50.06 average, 100s-26, 50s-42
  • Claim to Fame: 1194 Runs in 1999-2000 season (at one point, he scored 608 runs without being dismissed)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

In 1996, he was selected to play 1 ODI, but did not get a chance in Test cricket. Played for India A vs England in tour matches as well.

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44. Shantanu Sugwekar (Maharashtra, 1987-2002)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat, Right arm off break
  • FC Record: 85 Matches, 6563 Runs, best of 299*, 63.10 average, 100s-19, 50s-26
  • Claim to Fame: Average of 63.10. Apart from Sarfaraz Khan (current player) and Bahir Shah (Afghanistan), Sugwekar has the highest first-class average to never play international cricket.
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He captained West Zone, but that was as far as he got in the Indian selection ladder.

43. Manoj Tiwary (Bengal, 2004-2023*)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat
  • FC Record: 139 Matches, 9776 Runs, best of 303*, 48.88 average, 100s-29, 50s-44
  • Claim to Fame: 29 first-class hundreds, 139 FC matches
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Siddharth Monga’s ESPNCricinfo description of Tiwary starts with, “Manoj Tiwary is not the most fortunate man in Indian cricket.” He received some opportunities in limited overs cricket (and did well) but was never given a consistent run or got injured. Even with 9776 first class runs, he did not play a single Test match. Selected for India A a number of times.

*still playing

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42. Ashok Dinda (Bengal, 2005-2019)

  • Role: Right Arm Bowl
  • FC Record: 116 Matches, 420 Wickets, best 8/123 (innings) & 12/142 (match), 28.28 average, 5w/10w – 26/5
  • Claim to Fame: Highest wicket-taker for Bengal in his last decade of first-class cricket for almost every year (the only other year Dinda wasn’t #1 for Bengal, it was Mohammad Shami)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He played 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is and was trolled for his T20 bowling, but unfortunately did not get a run in the format he preferred the most. In 2012, he played for India A against England.

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41. Maturi Venkat ‘MV’ Sridhar (Hyderabad, 1988-2000)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat
  • FC Record: 97 Matches, 6701 Runs, best of 366, 48.91 average, 100s-21, 50s-27
  • Claim to Fame: 366 Runs vs Andhra in 1993/94, the fourth best score of all time in Ranji (3rd best at that time). He entered at 30/1 & left at 880/5, a world record
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Although he was among the best in the domestic circuit, he could not break into the national squad at any stage of his career.

40. Yashpal Singh (Sikkim, Manipur, Services, 2001-2020)

  • Role: Right arm bat/Right Arm Medium Fast
  • FC Record: 134 Matches, 9777 runs, 50.13 average, 24-100s, 52-50s
  • Claim to Fame: 5th Highest Ranji Trophy run scorer of all time (8700)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Not that close. Although he is a stalwart in the first-class circuit, most of his runs has come for Sikkim in the Plate Group. He was a rewarded with a Kochi Tuskers Kerela contract in IPL 2011.

39. Gagandeep Singh (Punjab, 1999-2009)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium Fast
  • FC Record: 66 Matches, 266 Wickets, 6/14 (best innings), 20.84 average, 16/3 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Impressive average of 20.84 & economy of 2.52. 3rd Highest wicket-taker of the 2003-04 Ranji Trophy eason (36 wickets in 6 matches)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test cap?

He was selected in the 2004 Test series vs Bangladesh alongside Shib Sankar Paul, but was not picked with Zaheer Khan & Irfan Pathan in the 15.

So near, yet so far.

38. Rajesh Pawar (Mumbai, Baroda, 1996-2013)

  • Role: Left-arm Orthodox
  • FC Record: 84 Matches, 281 Wickets, 7/87 (best innings), 30.07 average, 11/2 (5w/10w)
  • Claim to Fame: Part of the 1998 U-19 WC Squad, 44 first class wickets in the 1999-2000 season
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Was close to selection after his stellar 1999-2000 season, but came even closer in 2007, when he was included in the India-Bangladesh Test series. However, he did not play in the XI and was never considered for selection again. According to Siddharta Vaidyanathan from ESPNCricinfo, at his first-class debut at the age of 16, “Pawar was being touted as India’s next great left-arm spin hope.” Unfortunately, that never materialized.

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37. Rakesh Tandon (Vidarbha, Mumbai, 1969-1978)

  • Role: Allrounder (Right arm legspin/lower order batter)
  • FC Record: 50 Matches, 108 Wickets/1202 Runs, 6/34 (best innings), best of 142*, 28.62 bowling average, 24.53 batting average, 2/0 (5w/10w), 2-100s
  • Claim to Fame: Bowling alongside Salim Durani for Central Zone, they dismantled North Zone for 85/10. Played number of gutsy knocks as well including two hundreds
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He played in the 2nd ‘Unofficial Test’ between Sri Lanka and India in 1975. However, at that point, Sri Lanka did not have Test status. The Test status would come six years later, at which point Tandon would be long gone.

36. Rajendrasinh Jadeja (Saurashtra, 1974-1987)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium Fast/All rounder
  • FC Record: 50 Matches, 134 Wickets/1536 Runs, 7/58 (best innings), best of 97, 26.24 bowling average, 24.38 batting average, 5/0 (5w/10w), 11-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Was regularly selected for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Dilip Vengsarkar said that “he was unlucky to have never played for India.” Sandeep Patil concluded that “he was in contention for the Indian berth in those days” but fell short in his bating to get the allrounder spot.

(also known as Rajendra Raisinh Jadeja)

35. Krishnan ‘KP’ Bhaskar Pillai (Delhi, 1982-1995)

  • Role: Batter
  • FC Record: 95 Matches, 5443 Runs, best of 222*, 52.84 average, 18-100s, 21-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Between 1983-1989, he scored 13 centuries and averaged 70 for Delhi
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He was selected as a standby for the India-Sri Lanka Test series in 1985. However, he was never selected.

34. Shib Shankar Paul (Bengal, 2000-2014)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium
  • FC Record: 61 Matches, 220 Wickets, 7/44 (best innings), 24.95 average, 15/2 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: 5th Highest wicket taker of 2003-04 Ranji Trophy (33 wickets in just 9 innings)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Was selected for the tour to East Africa in 2004 and later for the fourth Test vs Australia in 2004 & series against Bangladesh that year, but never got a shot. By his own admission, taking Marcus Trescothick’s wicket in a Board President’s XI in 2006 was one of his most memorable moments.

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33. Ranadeb Bose (Bengal, 1998-2011)

  • Role: Right Arm Fast Medium
  • FC Record: 91 Matches, 317 Wickets, 7/24 (best innings), 25.80 average, 24/6 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: In the 2006-07 season, he took 57 wickets, 9th best season haul of time (6th best at that time). According to ESPNCricinfo, after 10,658 & 2,113 List A deliveries, he had not bowled a single no ball.
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Although he was called up for the fast bowling conditioning camp by Greg Chappell, the dream was never fulfilled due to competition and lack of pace. With Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, and VRV Singh getting chances, Bose never got a shot despite his consistency.

32. Bharamiah Vijayakrishna (Karnataka, 1969-1984)

  • Role: Allrounder (Left hand bat, Slow Left arm orthodox)
  • FC Record: 80 Matches, 194 Wickets/2297 Runs, 7/85 (best innings), best of 104, 27.30 bowling average, 25.80 batting average, 100s-2, 50s-16 7/1 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Top scored in the final with 71 in Karnataka’s first Ranji Trophy win in the 1973-74 season
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

With the spin quartet ruling Indian cricket, there was not much chance for him to break into the Indian squad. Took 6/79 & 3/89 in the 1978/79 Karnataka vs West Indians tour match.

31. Syed Hyder Ali (Railways, 1963-1988)

  • Role: Allrounder (left hand bat/slow left arm orthodox)
  • FC Record: 113 Matches, 366 Wickets/3125 Runs, 9/25 (best innings), best of 121, 19.71 bowling average, 22.64 batting average, 100s-3, 50s-10, 25/3 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Has the 4th Best bowling figures in Ranji Trophy history, 9/25
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Well respected in the domestic circuit, he never made it to the national stage due to India’s famed spin quartet.

30. Premangsu Chatterjee (Bengal, 1946-1960)

  • Role: Left arm medium pace
  • FC Record: 32 Matches, 134 Wickets, 10/20 (best innings), 17.75 average, 2.19 economy
  • Claim to Fame: Best bowling figures in Ranji Trophy History (10/78 in 1956-57); Took 15 wickets in the 1955-56 semi-final to push Bengal to the final
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Chuni Goswami, who captained Bengal to the 1971/72 title, reckons that Chatterjee “would have been very successful if he was born in this era. It’s really sad that he could not play for India because of poor backing from the state administration.”

29. Rajinder Singh Hans (Uttar Pradesh, 1976-1987)

  • Role: Slow left arm orthodox
  • FC Record: 78 Matches, 340 Wickets, 9/152 (best innings), 22.13 average, 27/5 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: 9/152 one of the best individual wickets haul
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Was called up to the 1979-80 Test series but never played an international game.

28. Yere Goud (Karnataka, Railways, 1994-2011)

  • Role: Batter
  • FC Record: 134 Matches, 7650 Runs, best of 221*, 45.53 average, 16-100s, 39-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Won 2 Ranji Trophies, 3 Irani Cps, and a Duleep Trophy, and a Ranji one-day trophy. Played 100 Ranji Trophy matches
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Despite score 761 runs in the 2001-02 Ranji season and regular member of the India A ide at that time, he could not find a place in the Indian middle order. At his retirement, Javagal Srinath that Goud was the “Rahul Dravid of the Railways team.”

27. Dheeraj Jadhav (Maharashtra, Assam, 1999-2015)

  • Role: Right Arm Batter
  • FC Record: 111 Matches, 7679 Runs, 50.85 average, 23-100s, 31-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Highest scorer of the 2003-04 Ranji Trophy season with 1066 runs in just 12 innings
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He was selected in the squad for the 4th Test vs Australia in 2004 based on a good performance in India A’s tour to Kenya and was also the reserve opener in the 2005 Zimbabwe Test series.

26. Surinder Bhave (Maharashtra, 1986-2001)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat
  • FC Record: 97 Matches, 7971 Runs, best of 292, 58.18 average, 28-100s, 27-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Joint 6th highest number of centuries in Ranji Trophy
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Was selected for the 1992-93 SAARC Quadrangular tournament, a competition betwen India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh made up of ‘A’ squads. Bhave scored 81, but the final was abandoned due to riots in Dhaka.

25. Basant Mohanty (Odisha, 2007-2023*)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium
  • FC Record: 105 Matches, 403 Wickets, 7/27 (best innings) & 11/49 (best match), 20.97 average, 2.28 economy, 23/3 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Was selected for East Zone in Duleep Trophy in 2009. Leading wicket-taker for Odisha in the 2018-19 season
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Statistically, he should have been right at the top in the national conversation. However, with India’s pace attack rising in this decade, Mohanty never got his chance.

*still playing

24. Priyank Panchal (Gujarat, 2008-)

  • Role: Right Arm Opening Batter
  • FC Record: 111 Matches, 7901 Runs, best of 314*, 47.02 average, 26-100s, 31-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Scored 1310 runs at 87.33 in 2016-17, when the weight of his runs lead Gujarat to a maiden Ranji Trophy victory. Between 2016-19, he had the most first class runs by anyone in India
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

When Rohit Sharma was injured for the tour of South Africa in 2021, Panchal was called up as cover. He was also in the England Test series squad that year and has been on the fringes with the India A for a number of years now. Earlier this year, Panchal was India A’s red ball captain, but another member in that India A squad got the Test cap before him—Shreyas Iyer.

Almost 33, it is difficult to see him making a debut now.

Further Reading: ESPNCricinfo’s Interview with Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal

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23. Venkatraman Ramnarayan (Hyderabad, 1975-1981)

  • Role: Right Arm Off break
  • FC Record: 25 Matches, 96 Wickets, 7/68 (best innings), 23.23 average, 5w – 4
  • Claim to Fame: Most successful bowler for Hyderabad in that era with 86 wickets in five seasons
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test cap?

He was named in the probables for the 1977-78 tour of Australia, but that was the farthest he got.

V Ramnarayan was “India’s third-best offspinner, kept out of the national side only by the giant skills of Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.” Based on this opinion, he wrote the book, “Third Man.”

22. KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Kerela, 1988-2004)

  • Role: Right arm Legspin/Allrounder
  • FC Record: 105 Matches, 344 Wickets/2891 Runs, 8/57 (best innings), best of 200, 27.54 bowling average, 21.90 batting average, 25/5 (5w/10w), 3-100s, 8 -50s
  • Claim to Fame: Scored a double century and cemented his tag of an all-rounder
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Received a few opportunities for India A, but not on the national stage as his career coincided with Anil Kumble. Now an umpire.

21. Sistanshu Kotak (Saurashtra, 1992-2013)

  • Role: Left-handed Batter
  • FC Record: 130 Matches, 8061 Runs, 60 Wickets, 6/81 (best innings), best of 168*, 41.76 batting average, 15-100s, 55-50s
  • Claim to Fame: At the time of his retirement, Kotak was the highest scorer in Ranji Trophy never to have won the title. They went to the finals in his final game in 2013, but lost to Mumbai in the finals
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

In his own words Kotak said that “Every player wants to play for his country. That could not happen for me, but that is not a regret. Maybe I was not destined to.”

20. Rashmi Ranjan Parida (Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Orissa, Assam, 1994-2015)

  • Role: Right Hand Batter/Wicketkeeper
  • FC Record: 139 Matches, 8317 Runs, best of 220, 42.21 average, 16-100s, 51-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Won the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy, 5th highest number of Ranji matches played (126)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

With India’s middle order settled and even Amol Muzumdar not getting a chance, the likes of Rashmi Parida never got to see the green light for national selection. He did play a tour game against England though.

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19. Sridharan Sharath (Tamil Nadu, Assam, 1992-2007)

  • Role: Left-Handed Middle Order Batter
  • FC Record: 139 Matches, 8700 Runs, Bet of 224, 51.17 Average, 27-100s, 42-50s
  • Claim to Fame: At the time of his retirement, only Tamil Nadu player to play 100 Ranji Trophy matches
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Not very close due to the competition. He played in a Board President’s XI match vs Sri Lanka, but did not get any further.

Like many first-class giants during this time, Sharath just couldn’t break through the Indian squad with the golden generation of Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, and VVS Laxman around. When he retired from Tamil Nadu cricket (came back year later for Assam), he said “My not playing for India, and the fact that Tamil Nadu did not win a Ranji Trophy title in my time, remain my biggest disappointments. The hard work factor was missing during the time I played.”

18. Parvez Rasool (Jammu & Kashmir, 2008-2022)

  • Role: Allrounder (Right arm off break, Right arm bat)
  • FC Record: 87 matches, 299 Wickets/5023 Runs, 8/85 (best innings) & 12/73 (best match), best of 182, 27.92 bowling average, 37.76 batting average, 20/4 – 5w/10w, 100s-13, 50s-20
  • Claim to Fame: Lala Amarnath Award (best allrounder) in 2013-14 & 2016-17 seasons
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Parvez has already featured in our unlucky Indian cricketers who deserved more chances, but that was in limited overs cricket. In first-class cricket, he deserved even more chances.

What a colossal allrounder he was in Ranji Trophy. First cricketer from Kashmir to be picked for India A, he took seven wickets against Australia while representing the Board President’s XI team in 2013. He went on to play a couple of limited overs matches in 2014 and was recalled in 2017 for the T20 squad, but never for Test cricket.

17. Kanwaljit Singh (Hyderabad, 1980-2001)

  • Role: Right Arm Off break
  • FC Record: 111 Matches, 369 Wickets, 8/86 (best innings), 28.24 average, 21/4 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Holds the record for the 5th best season hall—62 wickets in 1999-2000 season.
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He was selected for an India A vs England A in 1994/95 and did pretty well. However with Test season ending soon and Rajesh Chauhan India’s first choice off-spinner, he could not make it into the team. With 113 wickets after the age of 40, he still had a desire to play for the nation.

16. Faiz Fazal (Vidharba, 2003-2023*)

  • Role: Right Arm Opener (right arm medium part-time)
  • FC Record: 135 Matches, 9128 Runs, best of 206, 41.68 average, 100s-24, 50s-39
  • Claim to Fame: In the 2015-16 season, he scored 714 runs at 44.62 (including 127 in chase of 480 in Irani Cup)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Played 1 ODI, scored 55 runs. Never played for India again. For all his first first-class run-scoring abilities, never received a Test call up. Did receive an India A call up during that time though.

*still playing

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15. Devendra Bundela (Madhya Pradesh, 1995-2017)

  • Role: Allrounder (Right arm bat/right arm medium)
  • FC Record: 164 Matches, 10004 Runs/58 wickets, best of 188, 6/37 (best innings), 43.68 batting average, 45.65 bowling average, 100s-26, 50s-54, 2/1 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Highest Ranji Trophy appearances; 3rd Highest Ranji Trophy scorer of all time (9205)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Member of the India U-19 team in 1995, he could never break into the senior national side. Also did not win a Ranji Trophy title (finals in 1998-99).

14. Kailash Gattani (Rajasthan, 1962-1983)

  • Role: Right Arm Medium
  • FC Record: 109 Matches, 396 Wickets, 7/13 (best innings), 19.91 average, 20/5 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: 51 wickets in 1969/70, highest of that season
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Although he was a regular in the Central Zone teams for the Duleep Trophy for a number of years, his name was not called up any further.

13. Connor Cecil Williams (Baroda, 1995-2011)

  • Role: Left Arm Orthodox
  • FC Record: 124 Matches, 7942 Runs, best of 237*, 39.9 average, 19-100s, 42-50s
  • Claim to Fame: Scored 143 & 83 in the Irani Trophy, which prompted him to national selection
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He played in the India vs South Africa 3rd Test and scored 5 & 42. However, due to a controversy between the ICC and South African cricket, this match was deemed unofficial. Hence, he never got the honor of an official India Test cap.

He was later selected for the first Test against England in 2001 in the 14-man squad. However, he did not win the competition for the opening batter battle as Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta opened.

12. Mithun Manhas (Delhi, 1997-2016)

  • Role: Right arm batter/wicketkeeper/allrounder
  • FC Record: 157 Matches, 9714 Runs, best of 205*, 45.82 average, 100s-27, 50s-49
  • Claim to Fame: 7th all-time Ranji run-scorer (8554), 9th most centuries (25), 3rd most matches played in Ranji (135)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

With India’s Fab Four in their prime, there was never a chance that Manhas could break into India’s Test squad. Domestic giant nevertheless.

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11. Paras Dogra (Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, 2001-2023*)

  • Role: Right Arm Batter
  • FC Record: 128 Matches, 9333 Runs, best of 253, 51.85 average, 100s-31, 50s-32
  • Claim to Fame: Holds the record for most double tons in Ranji Trophy. 6th highest on the all-time run list, and joint-second on all-time century list
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Came close to an India call-up in 2013, when he went to the West Indies with India A.

10. Jalaj Saxena (Madhya Pradesh, Kerela, 2005-2023*)

  • Role: Allrounder (Right Arm Bat/Legbreak googly)
  • FC Record: 133 Matches, 410 Wickets/6567 Runs, 8/36 (best innings) & 16/154 (best match), best of 194, 25.97 bowling average, 34.74 batting average, 28/7 – 5w/10w, 100s-14, 50s-32
  • Claim to Fame: Lala Amarnath (best all rounder award) in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18. Became the only Indian to hit a 100 & take an 8-wicket innings haul twice in the same match. Only player apart from Anil Kumble to take 16 wickets in a Ranji Trophy match
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Although he was selected in India A in 2013, he was out of contention till 2019 when he returned to play for India A against England Lions and South Africa A. He said “I spoke to the selectors and asked them. They told me that I am in their sights and they are watching me, and if they get the chance, they’ll give me an opportunity.”

That opportunity never came. The closest he got was in 2021 when Ravindra Jadeja was injured for the England Test series. However, Axar Patel got the nod (and Axar made it count).

*still playing

9. Hari Gidwani (Delhi, Bihar, 1972-1992)

  • Role: Right arm bat
  • FC Record: 119 Matches, 6805 Runs, best of 229, 42.53 average, 100s-15, 50s-32
  • Claim to Fame: Scored centuries in 5 consecutive Ranji Trophy matches between 1986-1988
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Scored 46 against West Indies and a century vs Sri Lanka in tour matches but did not climb the final ladder to national glory. In his own words, Gidwani stated that “I was closest to India selection in 1975-76 when I got a hundred against the visiting Sri Lankan team.”

8. Pandurang Salgaoncar (Maharashtra, 1971-1982)

  • Role: Right Arm Fast
  • FC Record: 63 Matches, 214 Wickets, 7/72 (best innings), 26.70 average, 11/1 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Once hit Sunil Gavaskar on the hand. Was one of the fastest bowlers in the 1970s in India’s domestic circuit
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Very, very close. Played the unofficial Tests vs Sri Lanka in 1974. Then was in the West Zone team who played the West Indies XI. Madan Lal and Syed Abid Ali were selected after these matches respectively, with Salgaoncar narrowly missing out. On a couple of occasions, he was called for the 1975 World Cup team, but could not make it past the trials.

7. Sudhakar Adhikari (Mumbai, 1959-1971)

  • Role: Right Arm Opener
  • FC Record: 65 Matches, 3779 Runs, best of 192, 40.63 average, 100s-11, 50s-18
  • Claim to Fame: Scored a century in the morning and reached his wedding venue by the night
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

According to V Ramnarayan (in the list above himself), Adhikari was “considered distinctly unlucky not to gain the approval of the Indian selections in the 1960s.”

6. Amarjit Kaypee (Haryana, Punjab, 1980-2000)

  • Role: Right hand bat
  • FC Record: 117 Matches, 7894 runs, best of 210*, 52.27 average, 100s-27, 50s-34
  • Claim to Fame: At the time of his retirement, he was the highest run-scorer in Ranji history. 6th Most number of Ranji 100s (27), 2nd at the time. Once scored 150+ in both innings of a match
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

According to ESPNCricinfo, “there have been many cricketers who have received a raw deal from a jaundiced selectorial eye and Kaypee must consider himself very unlucky in this regard.”

5. Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar (Maharashtra, Railways, Rajasthan, Baroda, 1939-1965)

  • Role: Right hand bat/wicketkeeper/Right arm Fast medium
  • FC Record: 80 Matches, 4841 Runs, best of 443*, 47.93 average, 100s-12, 50s-22
  • Claim to Fame: Highest individual score in Ranji Trophy history and the highest score for a cricketer never to have played international cricket—443*
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Played for the country unofficially against a Commonwealth match in 1949-50. However despite an illustrious domestic career from 1939-1965, he did not play a Test match.

4. Amritsar Govindsingh ‘AG’ Ram Singh (Madras, 1932-1947)

  • Role: Allrounder (Left hand bat/slow left arm orthodox)
  • FC Record: 56 Matches, 265 Wickets/3314 Runs, 8/14 (best innings), best of 126, 18.56 bowling average, 35.25 batting average, 24/8 – 5w/10w, 100s-6, 50s-22
  • Claim to Fame: Became the second cricketer to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the Ranji trophy
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

Played in two unofficial Tests in 1935-36 in the tour to England and was selected in 1945 to a tour to Ceylon, but never had the honor to don the Indian cap. Due to his excellent all-round abilities, Natarajan Sriram reckons that “AJ Ram Singh takes his place as one of the unluckiest cricketers in the history of Indian cricket.”

3. Padmakar Shivalkar (Mumbai, 1961-1988)

  • Role: Slow left arm orthodox
  • FC Record: 124 Matches, 589 Wickets, 8/16 (best innings), 19.69 average, 2.04 economy, 42/13 -5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: 361 Ranji wickets for Mumbai (record), Joint-second 10-wicket hauls in Ranji (11)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He went to Sri Lanka in 1973-74 and played a couple of tour matches.

From the age of 22 to the age of 48, Shivalkar played first class cricket. Yet during those 26 years, not once did he get a chance to represent India at a national level. With Bishan Singh Bedi, one of the all-time greatest, wreaking havoc and Rajinder Goel not getting a chance, Shivalkar was left behind.

Was honored for his contribution to the Indian domestic scene with a CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

2. Amol Muzumdar (Mumbai, Andhra, Assam, 1993-2013)

  • Role: Right Arm Bat
  • FC Record: 171 Matches, 11167 runs, best of 260, 48.13 average, 100s-30, 50s-60
  • Claim to Fame: 2nd highest All-time Ranji Runs (9205), 5th highest all-time centuries (28), 2nd most number of Ranji matches (136), Vice-captain of the 1994 India U-19 Team (As of 2007, he had won Mumbai 7 Ranji trophy titles)
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

By his own admission, he came close to the Indian team spot in 1994. Even after years of consistent runs scoring, selectors did not consider him. He deliberated quitting cricket in 2002, but ended up playing till 2013.

Fun fact. When Vinod Kambli & Sachin Tendulkar scored the 664-run partnership in their school days, Amol Muzumdar was slotted in the next position. That was probably the closest he got to the India cap.

1. Rajinder Goel (Haryana, Patiala, Southern Punjab, Delh 1958-1985)

  • Role: Slow left arm orthodox
  • FC Record: 157 Matches, 750 Wickets, 8/55 (best innings), 18.58 average, 2.10 economy, 59/18 – 5w/10w
  • Claim to Fame: Most Ranji wickets of all-time (637), 3rd Longest career (27 years), Highest wicket taker in the 1978-79, 79-80, 83-84, and 84-85 season. 53 five-fers & 17 10-fers, both Ranji records
  • How Close Was He to Indian Test Cap?

He played an unofficial Test against Ceylon in 1964-65, taking 4/33 in the second innings. According to Bishan Singh Bedi, ‘Goely, as I called him, was a much better bowler than me. Honestly, I was just lucky that I got the break [to play for India]. I was very fortunate. That is where Goely might have missed out. But I rated him very highly.”

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Will Sarfaraz Khan Remain an Unlucky Indian Cricketer?

Will Sarfaraz Khan add to the list of unlucky Indian cricketers who never played international cricket? The man has been bludgeoning runs for the last couple of first couple of first-class seasons.

At the moment, his first-class record reads: 37 Matches, 3505 Runs, 79.65 average, 13 centuries, 9 fifties, and a best of 301*.

Some like Jaydev Unadkat and Shahbaz Nadeem have recently lived to see the dream by playing a couple of Test matches after years of toil. Others like Priyank Panchal, KS Bharat, & Abhimanyu Easwaran have traveled with the reserve and India A squads for the last few years without breaking into the XI. Prithvi Shaw scored a 379 and still cannot break in the Indian Test squad.

On the other hand, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav have broken into India’s Test squads due to heroics in other formats. There is no right and wrong here, but due to timing and form, some first-class legends have missed out on international Test careers.

Honorable Mentions And Those Who Just Played 1-3 Test Matches (Separated by Era)


  • Vaman Vishwanath Kumar (2 Tests)
    • Played 2 Tests and got 7 wickets despite having a FC career of 599 wickets. In the era of the spin quartet
  • KR Rajagopal, Gokul Inder Dev, Anand Shukla, Vijay Bhosle, Ramesh Nagdev, AAS Asif, PK Belliappa, B Mahendra Kumar


  • Hemanth Kanitkar (2 Tests)
  • Abdul Ismail, Saad Bin Jung, AV Jayaprakash, Barun Burman, Uday Joshi, Sarkar Talwar, Vijay Mohanraj, Michael Dalvi, Naushir Mehta, Anil Mathur


  • Sadanand Vishwanath (3 Tests)
  • S Vasudevan, Abdul Azeem


  • Ajay Sharma (1 Test)
    • Scored 10,000+ first class runs at an average of 67.46 played exactly 1 Test for India (and later getting banned for match-fixing scandal). Also had 7 double tons in Ranji Trophy history.
  • Hrishikesh Kanitkar (2 Tests)
  • Ashish Winston Zaidi, Sunil Subramaniam

Post 2000s

  • Subramaniam Badrinath (2 Tests)
  • Vinay Kumar
    • Although Kumar played 31 ODI matches for India, he played only 1 Test match. For someone with 139 FC match experience & 504 wickets at an average of 22.44 to his name, that is a shame
  • Rishi Dhawan, Basant Mohanty

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Unlucky Indian Cricketers Who Never Played for India – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)?

Who is the unluckiest Indian cricketer and why?

Rajinder Goel is the unluckiest cricketer. Despite taking 750 first class wickets and 637 Ranji Trophy wickets (100+ more than the next highest), he was never considered at the highest level.

Who is the unluckiest player in cricket history?

Rajinder Goel & Amol Muzumdar are the unluckiest players in Indian history. They both have played for more than two decades and hold records in their respective crafts. Due to competition from India’s spin quartet in the 1960s, Rajinder Goel could not break through India’s ranks and due to the presence of the Fab Four, Amol Muzumdar could not break through.

Who are the best Indian players who have not played for the Indian national team?

Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar, Amol Muzumdar, Hari Gidwani, AJ Ram Singh, B.B. Nimbalkar, Amarjit Kaypee, Paras Dogra, Mithun Manhas, and Pandurang Salgaoncar are the Top 10 unluckiest players who never played for India.

Who has played the most Ranji Trophy games without representing India?

Devendra Bundela (145), Amol Muzumdar (136), Mithun Manhas (135), Rashmi Parida, and Rajinder Goel (123) played the most Ranji Trophy matches without representing India.

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Cricket’s Reflections of Passion

Reflections of Passion by Yanni, what a beautiful composition. One of my all-time favorite pieces.

It evokes a variety of emotions, all at the same time. The music is playful, yet somber. Soothing, yet powerful. Beneath the passion and the joy, lies a subtle dose of grief and tension.

What is passion in the first place? According to, passion is a

Strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.

Passion comes in all shapes and forms—it could be romantic, could be ambition to be the best and break barriers, or just a willingness to improve and prove to yourself that you are worth it.

Wait, wait, wait. You would be thinking, where or why is the cricket gone? Why am I talking about music and philosophy all of a sudden? Isn’t this IPL season?

Great question!

Well, lately I have been reflecting about the relationship between a fan and the professional. Cricket is a game filled with passion – the fans, the players, and the administrators alike. The vision of a fan differs vastly from how the sportsperson plays his or her game.

Reflections of Passion – Broken Dreams

Recently, we did several articles on the theme of Broken Cricket Dreams. We learned about Avinash living his cricket dreams in our first cricket interview, exemplified how Ellyse Perry was inspiring a new generation, heard about the #BrokenDreams and #DreamsLived of numerous cricket fans on Twitter, and finally culminated with an article about the unluckiest cricketer in recent memory.

Now, the idea of my own last article perturbed me a bit.

According to a fan’s point of view, we would like to have seen the journey of a few cricketers longer than they lasted, but do they see themselves as unlucky? I am not so sure.

We all want to be part of something greater than we are. Hence, we invest ourselves in the sport. Although the fans are part of the crowd, we want to be in the game, and we live our dreams through the players themselves. If our own favorite player does not play well, we feel bad ourselves deep down inside, as if we had failed.

So are we not being harsh on the player when calling them unlucky or criticizing them?

Anyway, the philosophy can wait for a little while. Stay tuned for the What Can We Learn? from these so-called unlucky cricketers section at the end of the article below.

Audience Poll Results – Top 3 Unluckiest

Before we jump into the moral of the story, here are the actual results of the poll we did on who our viewers thought were the unluckiest cricketers of the last few decades.

*Note, the description of the these players before and why their career stalled is here.

1. ODI: Faded XI

  1. Robin Uthappa
  2. Brad Hodge
  3. Neil Johnson
  • Honorable Mentions : Mohammad Ashraful, Shane Bond, Brad Hogg
  • Others: Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, James Taylor, Hansie Cronje, Sreesanth

2. Test: Washed Out XI

  1. Mohammad Kaif
  2. Simon Jones
  3. Mohammad Amir
  • Honorable Mention: Adam Voges
  • Others: Marcus Trescothick, Mark Ramprakash, Fawad Alam, Prasanna Jayawardene, Simon Harmer, Duanne Olivier, Stuart MacGill, Lasith Malinga

3. Twitter Poll

Where Are They Now?

While Fawad Alam finally made a hard fought comeback and players like Alex Hales, Mohammad Amir, and Lendl Simmons are still fighting for a spot in their national squads, we look back at how some of the former international cricketers are inspiring the next generation.

I. Marcus Trescothick and James Taylor

Marcus Trescothick was on track to be one of the all-time greatest openers and the best English batsman ever produced before he had to stop playing international cricket due to mental illness during the prime of his career.

What he did after his international career is itself awe-inspiring. He continued playing first class cricket for Somerset till the age of 43 and has been open in talking about his struggles, most prominently with his autobiography, Coming Back to Me. Lately, several cricketers like Jonathan Trott and Glenn Maxwell have come out in public with mental struggle of an international career, but it may not have been possible had Trescothick not paved the way.

James Tayor has also had a similar story. Talented young English cricketer but had to retire at the age of 26 because of a serious heart condition.

Did this stop Taylor from doing what he loves most? No, instead he carried on and stayed close to the game with the goal of giving back to English cricket. He is now a full-time selector and is frequently seen in the stands supporting the England cricket team. He also wrote an inspirational auto-biography, Cut Short.

II. Shane Bond, Mohammad Kaif, and Prasanna Jayawardene

Although Shane Bond’s career halted because of recurring injuries, he is having as much impact as a bowling coach now as he did when he was a fast-bowler for New Zealand. Most prominently, he was the bowling coach of NZ between 2012-2015, the period that saw the growth of this team especially mentoring Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Has also coached Mumbai Indians and Sydney Thunder.

Mohammad Kaif joined the Gujarat Lions assistant coach staff in 2017 (under coach Brad Hodge, another name on our list) and is now the assistant coach of Delhi Capitals under coach Ricky Ponting (they are doing quite well if you have not noticed). As one of the best fielders India produced, one of his areas of focus is to actively promote fitness.

Finally Prasanna Jayawardene, regarded as the best wicketkeeper of Sri Lanka, was recently hired by England as a wicket-keeping coach apart from coaching in Sri Lanka.

III. Brad Hogg and Robin Uthappa

Both Brad Hogg and Robin Uthappa have invested there post-cricketing careers in media and broadcasting like several other players. Although Uthappa is currently representing Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, he has already done a few shows at Cricbuzz. Another way Robin Uthappa has been contributing is mentoring and supporting school-age cricketers.

Brad Hogg is one of the more familiar faces in commentary recently with stints in the IPL, Big Bash, and all over the place. Just look at his Linkedin.

So, What Can We Learn?

This was just a small list we picked from. There are numerous such unsung heroes in our sport.

So looking back, were these cricketers really unlucky? Did they really disappoint? On the contrary, their journey has been just as valuable as someone who has played a 100 Tests.

They may be regarded as “unlucky” in their own cricketing careers for one reason or another, but they may become the source of inspiration, the hand of the support, the “lucky” person someone else needs.

We know the scientific axiom that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. Similarly, passion never dies. The love of the game just transforms.

You can take a cricketer out of cricket, but can never take out cricket from a cricketer. Even if Kaif can inspire one person to live a more fit lifestyle or if Bond discovers the next fast bowler, they have still contributed to the game immensely.

Ups and Downs, success and failure will occur. That is just natural.

The important thing is to remain not-out and go to the next part of the journey.

So you should never give up and keep whatever you are doing. Just stay in the game.

The journey is more important than the destination. Regardless of what happens out there in the middle, the fact that they have given their all is what matters. I hope all these players keep on contributing to world of cricket in one form or the other and continue their journey.

They have all inspired me. Even if you inspire one person, it has been a journey worth living. After all is said and done, with all your shattered and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world out there.

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22 Unlucky Cricketers Wasted Talents: Alex Hales, Fawad Alam, Robin Uthappa, Can You Guess The Rest?

Does Luck Trump Talent?

We will continue our theme of Broken Dreams this week with a list of unfortunate or unlucky cricketers.

We present our list of Unlucky World XI below and let us know who you think have been the unluckiest of them all.

Some of these careers were ruined by inconsistency or career-ending-injury, others by controversy and politics, and while the rest suffered plain old bad-luck—the fact that they could not break it into the golden generations.

Today’s Twist – Unlucky Cricketers XI

Create a World XI with the following constraints:

  • Played within the last 25 years
  • Should have debuted (various first class legends like Alan Jones (Eng) and Amol Muzumdar (Ind) did not even make their international team)
  • The team can field an actual playing XI in a match (so we are looking for balance, with wicket-keepers necessary and at least 5 bowling options).
  • Each country can have a maximum of only 2 players per category.

The Catch

Australia’s squad of the 2000s had so many greats that several careers did not see the light of day. For example, Adam Gilchrist played 96 tests without missing one.  Does anyone even remember who the back-up keeper during Australia’s early 2000 era was?

Similarly, with India’s recent growth, one could name players like Vinod Kambli, Subramanian Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, and even someone like Ambati Rayudu more recently.  If you can only choose two from each country, who would it be? 

Comment below on who you think are some of the unluckiest cricketers?

ODI – Faded XI


  1. Alex Hales: (Behavior issues)

Catalyst of England’s ODI batting culture change, individually scored 171 within 36 overs (highest English score at that time), dropped before the 2019 World Cup because of failed drug test, ‘loss of trust’ with team, and strained relationship with captain Eoin Morgan.

2. Lendl Simmons: (Inconsistency)

If you saw the recent CPL 2020, Simmons was in some top-notch form including the final.  Watching his innings’ like the one against India in the 2016 WT20 semi-final and you wonder sometimes, what could have been had he been more consistent. 15 year career, just 8 tests and 68 ODIs is a poor reflection of his abilities.

3. Mohammad Ashraful: (Match-Fixing)

A bright star for Bangladesh. Youngest Test centurion at 17, century that upset the Aussies in 2005, but a career that was marred by inconsistency and will be forever remembered by spot-fixing in the BPL.  Could have been among the Fab Five generation for Bangladesh.

4. Brad Hodge: (Sorry, Out of Luck)

17,000 first class runs, 80 centuries in first class/list-A, 6 Tests, 203* best, 55.88 average, and one of the first T20 league superstars. Obstacles: Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds.

5. James Taylor: (Heart Condition)

Debut at 22.  Retirement at 26 due to heart condition. Was an upcoming England Talent – 1-100, 7 50s, 42.23 average. Now an English selector.

6. Robin Uthappa: (Inconsistency)

If you saw Uthappa’s 86 against England, or in the World T20 2007, or walking and hitting sixes to Mitchell Johnson, you would have thought he would have a long career. Yet another victim to inconsistency, came back in 2014-15 after a great domestic season but not given enough chances. Still a KKR and RCB star in the IPL.

7. Hansie Cronje: (Match-Fixing)

Great captain from South Africa and decent all-rounder, match-fixing killed his career in the 2000 Ind-SA series when he was at the peak of his powers.  Passed away in 2002 due to a plane crash. RIP.

8. Neil Johnson: (Politics)

If you saw Neil Johnson in the 1999 World Cup, you knew he was bound for greatness. 3 Man-of-Match trophies in that world cup, dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket resulted in premature retirement as he moved back to South Africa.

9. Brad Hogg: (Sorry, Out of Luck)

Just like Hodge, another victim of Australia’s great era. In an international career lasting 12 years, only played 7 tests and 123 ODIs. Inspirational comeback later with T20 cricket and leagues such as IPL and the Big Bash, he played his last professional match almost till he was 47.

10. S. Sreesanth: (Match-Fixing)

Although known for off-field issues, he was a marvelous fast bowler for India.  His delivery that made that great Jacques Kallis jump is one to remember. However, he was banned after the 2013 IPL spot-fixing controversy with Rajasthan. Made a comeback with…reality TV show, Bigg Boss.

11. Shane Bond: (Injuries)

You often hear Shoaib Akhtar vs Brett Lee, but another name that should have been added was Shane Bond. Fast and accurate, 147 wickets at 20.88 in ODIs and 87 wickets at 22.09 in Tests.  Played only 82 ODIs and 18 Tests, but never comprised his speed despite the injuries.

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Test – Washed Out XI

  1. Marcus Trescothick: (Mental Illness)

    First open victim of mental illness in cricket. More than 10,000 runs and 26 centuries across formats, he played his last game at the age of 30, only 6 years in international cricket. Was a stalwart at Somerset till 43 with overall record of 38000 runs and 94 centuries. Paved way for Alastair Cook, otherwise would have been the all-time best England opener himself.

  2. Mark Ramprakash: (Inconsistency)

Similar story, different reason. Over 52 test matches and 11 years, could not cement his place in the England team. Retired with 35,659 first class runs along with 114 centuries. Wow.

3. Mohammad Kaif: (Inconsistency and Politics)

Forever remember for his fielding and 88* Natwest chase that gave India a belief of winning and chasing overseas, his career never took off. First U-19 winning captain to play for India, he made his highest test score 148* in the West Indies in his second to last test, which came at the age of 26. Dropped as a result of chopping and changing under Greg Chappell right before the 2007 World Cup.

4. Adam Voges: (Sorry, Out of Luck)

Same scenario as Hodge and Hogg, but with a better ending. Finally debuted at the age of 35, and ended with 5 hundreds and a record-breaking average of 61.87.  

5. Fawad Alam: (Politics)

Well well well, we are finally here. Made a memorable 168 on debut, yet only featured in 3 tests. Mohammad Amir is a career some would regret about, but by the time Amir had his great spell in 2010, the spot-fixing scandal, the 5-year ban, the comeback, the Champions Trophy 2017 performance, and test retirement at the age of 27, Fawad Alam had added exactly 0 Tests from 2009.

After toiling in first class cricket with 34 centuries and average of 56.35 and after numerous selection committees, he finally got a recall after 10 years, only to be given out by DRS due to 2 umpire-calls. Add to that English rain, which limited his chances in the next two tests.  How unlucky can one get?

6. Prasanna Jayawardene: (Sorry, Out of Luck)

Thilan Samaraweera stated recently in his Sri Lanka XI that “Prasanna was the best wicketkeeper Sri Lanka ever produced,” and he did play 58 Test matches. So why is he here?  Well, his career was always a stop-gap measure due to Sangakkara. Even cricinfo reads that his career was ‘marginalised since the rocket-fuelled arrival’  of Sangakkara.

7. Simon Harmer: (Kolpak Deal)

Self-acclaimed ‘best off-spinner in the world,’ he regularly employees his service for Essex, forgoing his chance to play for South Africa again (at least until we know how Brexit impacts Kolpak).  Has taken 636 wickets at 27.17 with 37 5-fors and 7 10-fors. Not too bad.

8. Mohammad Amir: (Match-Fixing)

See Fawad Alam (5). 

*Note: (Honorable Mention) Could also have added Mohammad Asif for the same reason here. One of the best swing bowlers of all-time. 

9. Stuart McGill: (Sorry, out of luck)

Same reason as the rest of the Aussies here with the additional fact that he also played under the shadow of the great Shane Warne. Still managed to play 44 Tests and took 208 wickets at a strike rate of 54.0. Cricinfo said it best, “Stuart MacGill had the best strike-rate and worst luck of any modern spin bowler.”

10. Duanne Olivier: (Kolpak)

Another casualty of the Kolpak. What makes this worse is his brilliant start to international cricket.  Played just 10 tests, 48 wickets, 3 5-fors and a player of the series award with 24 wickets. Then he left South Africa. Also had replaced Kyle Abbott, who had also signed Kolpak deal. Rub salt in the wound there.

11. Simon Jones: (Injury)

We have all heard this one. The 2005 Ashes Series was made memorable by some bowling spells by Simon Jones. At the end of the series, suffered an ankle injury, never to make an international comeback.

Honorable Mention:  Lasith Malinga (great limited overs bowler but had to cut his Test career short).

Honorary Tribute:  Phillip Hughes 

3 centuries in Tests and an-up-and-coming opener for Australia, a bouncer in a domestic game took Hughes’ life.  Shock to the cricketing world, brought about a revolution on concussion and brain-injuries.

RIP Phil Hughes.

Well, these were our list of unlucky cricket teams. What is yours?

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Source: ESPNCricinfo

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