It is indeed a monumental challenge for cricketers to play and let alone specialize in all three formats. The advent of the T20 version has not only transformed the game into a fast-paced one but also increased the pressure on cricketers in terms of adaptability. The players are forced to adapt rapidly from one form to another in a matter of a few days.
The Indian cricketers in specific, play plenty of cricket in any given year across formats. Hence, not many players can perform equally well in all three versions and specialize in one. But such players, having invested all their abilities in mastering at any one form of cricket, become expert in the same.
We take a look at 10 Indian cricketers of all time who are one format wonders:
Murali Vijay was once one of the most trusted opening batsmen in India’s Test line-up. Having scored 33 and 41 in his first Test against Australia in 2008, the right-handed batsman stayed in the scheme of things. Vijay went on to play 61 Tests, scoring 3982 runs along with 12 centuries at 38.28.
The 36-year old also played 17 ODIs and nine T20Is for the men in blue; however, couldn’t make a substantial mark in any of those. The Tamil Nadu also lost his place in the longest version following the second Test against Australia in the 2018-19 series. It seems unlikely that he would make a return to the Test side in the future.