Playing international cricket is probably the highest honour any aspiring Indian cricketer could achieve. The journey to receiving their maiden cap begins by featuring in first-class cricket or several domestic matches. Only by scoring a truckload of runs consistently or bowling tirelessly and taking wickets can help a player achieve his goal of representing their nation at the highest level or get closer to it.
Playing first-class cricket for their state is relatively easy. There is comparatively less pressure on them to perform, and hence the athletes do end up good. However, there exist certain cricketers, who do not get opportunities at the highest level despite years of grinding down at the domestic circuit. Thus, it can be hugely frustrating for any player not to earn rewards for their hard work.
We take a look at five unlucky Indian domestic cricketers currently:
Karnataka leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal might have grown hugely; however, his domestic performances have been decent. Shreyas Gopal was not amongst the wickets in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy; however, he had credible numbers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year.
The 27-year old took 13 wickets in seven matches at 27.38, with an economy rate of 5.71. Gopal has been unlucky since he has not played for the Rajasthan Royals either in IPL 2021 to finetune his game to take it to the next level. As a considerably experienced player in the domestic circuit with good numbers, he has been unlucky not to receive a call-up to the national team.