The Cricket World Cup is undoubtedly one of the grandest stages for cricketers, whether rookie or experienced ones. To represent and make a telling impact for their nation in an ICC mega event significantly rises the stocks of the player. It also gives the player plenty of confidence for the upcoming challenges.
Yet, in the Indian setup, there exist a handful of cricketers, who have not received a Test cap despite representing the national team in World Cups. It could be due to their ordinary first-class record or too many cricketers vying for the same position. The list also includes present athletes, who have declared their intention to don the whites and might get to in the near future.
We take a look at five Indian cricketers who have played World Cups, but not Test cricket:
Dinesh Mongia played for India between 2001-2007 in 58 games across ODIs and T20Is, of which 57 were One-day internationals. While Dinesh Mongia was not the most effective player, he crafted some useful knocks at the lower-middle order. He was part of the 2003 World Cup, playing all the matches. The 43-year old was the top-scorer in India’s first T20 international back in 2006 against South Africa.
Mongia’s first-class career spanned across 121 games, mustering 8038 runs alongside 46 scalps. In those 8038 runs, the southpaw hammered 27 tons at 48.95, despite which he could not get even shot at Tests. In September 2019, the Chandigarh-born all-rounder retired from all forms of cricket.