The three formats of cricket, namely, Test, ODIs, and T20s despite their fair share of similarities, are very different from each, and this what makes the gentleman’s game truly unique.
Each format requires a different skillset, different abilities, but there are some players such as Team India’s captain Virat Kohli, who plays all three formats with equal expertise. Then there are some players who play just one format, for example, players who opt to play just Test cricket are called Test specialists.
There are various such players around the world, who like to play just the purest format of the sport, but did you know are some Test specialists who used to play in the limited-overs cricket as well, earlier in their careers?
Here are five Test specialists who have played T20s and ODIs in the past:
5) Mohammad Abbas
First up, Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas, who has played 18 Test matches for the national team, and has 75 dismissals to his name, with an average of 20.76. Few people know that the 30-year-old has played ODIs in the past because he is renowned as a Test specialist across the border.
Abbas has just 3 ODI caps for Pakistan, in fact, he only made his debut last year, and has taken just one solitary wicket, in the format. The right-handed pacer is a regular feature in the Test team, but he is not in contention for the T20 and ODIs formats.