India is one of the largest countries in terms of the population across the globe. And cricket is arguably the most followed sport in the nation. Thus, a host of aspiring cricketers takes birth in every nook and corner every year. Due to this, the competition intensifies, which forces a player to stay on the top of the game at all times to keep their place in the team.
Over the years, Indian cricket has witnessed plenty of stars come and go. Few of these stars manifested flashes of brilliance and were one-hit wonders. They boasted of potential in their armoury; however, a string of inconsistent performances made them fade away.
We take a look at 5 Indian players who disappeared after promising starts:
Wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa made a reasonably good start to his international cricket. He made 86 runs in his ODI debut in April 2006. While still in the Indian team, he didn’t particularly set the stage on fire; he kept giving enough performances to maintain his spot. Notably, Uthappa’s most significant innings came against England in the 2007 Natwest Series in the sixth ODI when he steered India to a series-levelling victory.
The 34-year-old also scored a crucial fifty against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2007 when the Men in Blue struggled at 39 for four. Later, as India won by bowl-out, he was one of the men to hit the stumps successfully.
The veteran was chosen in a few tours and series after that, but he couldn’t make the most of it. And while Uthappa continues to feature in the IPL, it is unlikely to see him in international colours.