Longevity is a trait often associated with Indian cricketers as most of the country’s cricketers end up playing at least for a decade. MS Dhoni was one of the recent cricketers who retired last year after playing international cricket for 15 years. The former Indian captain had a massive impact on Indian cricket, taking them to unparalleled heights.
Nevertheless, there are a handful of cricketers who have not announced their international retirement having debuted before MS Dhoni’s arrival. Such players did deliver some notable performances; however, have fallen out of favour in the current scenario. It might also be possible that they are still hoping for a last shot at international cricket.
We take a look at three Indian cricketers who haven’t retired debuting before MS Dhoni:
Despite being a savvy leg-spinner with plenty of variations, Amit Mishra has not been able to nail his place in the side. Amit Mishra last played for India in February 2017 and the rising stocks of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has pushed him down the pecking order. And it seems unlikely for the 38-year old to don the national jersey again.
In 22 Tests, 36 ODIs, and ten T20Is, Mishra has an aggregate of 156 wickets. The Delhi-born leg-spinner remains active in the IPL and is one of the experienced players in its history. The leggie has 160 scalps in 150 games at 24.17 along with a solitary five-wicket haul. 2021 could be the year that he recognizes that his time in international cricket is up.