The Indian cricket team has been one of the hardest to get into in the past five years due to the growing competition between the players. The Indian side has seen high-class players one after the other across formats, making it necessary for cricketers to perform in their limited chances. Hence, due to the competitive nature, there is little room for complacency and players could get sidelined even after doing not much wrong.
Amid this, a few players get the nod based on their promise instead of their domestic performances. Such cricketers come into the side if any first-choice player suffers an injury or any other unavoidable reasons. While some candidates prove they belong at the top level by delivering the goods, the remaining shows that they are not yet up to the mark and need some time. Thus, the gamble doesn’t pay off always.
We take a look at such undeserving Indian players who debuted in the last five years:
All-rounder Shivam Dube got his first international break in November 2019 when he made his T20 debut against Bangladesh. Shivam Dube impressed with his bowling in his third T20I when he bowled a crucial spell and dismissed three Bangladesh batsmen to shape India’s victory. The 27-year old’s highest score in T20I cricket is 54, scored against the West Indies.
But Dube’s overall international career is far from impressive and only has glimpses of promising performances. After 13 T20Is, his bowling average is 43.20 and his batting average is 17.50. Apart from that, Shivam’s only ODI produced nine runs off his bat and no wickets. Moreover, the Mumbai-born cricketer’s latest T20I saw him conceding 34 runs in an over; hence, it seems evident his international debut came a little too soon.
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