There isn’t much more joy than representing the country and to be able to get picked up in the Indian squad is an achievement for the players with the amount of competition. It is unfortunate that some of the players don’t get any opportunity in the playing XI despite getting picked up for the Indian squad and would be left out of the squad for the next series as the injured players or rested players return to the squad.
India is a massively populated country and cricket has become a religion in the country. People come in large numbers to watch the game and hence the competition for places in the Indian squad gets tightened up. Here are 5 players who were selected in the Indian team but never made their debuts.
5 Players Who Were Selected In The Team But Never End Up Representing Team India:
Ishwar Pandey was a popular name in the domestic circuit and in the IPL when he was playing for the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings team. The 31-year-old is more like a Munaf Patel-like bowler hitting the good length consistently and not allowing the batsman to settle in.
The right-arm medium pacer was the leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy for Madhya Pradesh in the season 2012-2013 with 48 wickets from eight games.
He earned a spot in India A squad due to his performances and also was among the Rest of the India squad for the 2013 Irani Trophy. He was selected in the Indian Test and ODI squads for the New Zealand tour of 2014 but did not play a single game and was unlucky to be left out of the squads later.
He did enjoy success in the IPL for CSK when he was a regular in the 2015 IPL and has played 25 IPL games in his career taking 18 wickets at an economy of 7.67.