Team India: As difficult as it is considered to be selected in the Indian cricket team, it is many times more difficult to maintain itself in Team India, because there are many players outside the team who give strong competition on the basis of their best performance. There are 5 players of India, whose Test career is almost over and the doors of the Indian Test team are also seen closed for them, but they have not announced their retirement yet. Let’s take a look at these 5 players:
1. Murali Vijay
Since making his Test debut for India, Murali Vijay has performed brilliantly for Team India for many years. Murali Vijay was last part of the Indian cricket team on the 2018 tour of Australia, but Murali Vijay did not manage to perform well on that tour and that is why he was dropped from the team. Let us tell you that Murali Vijay made his Test debut against Australia in November 2008 and played his last match for Australia in December 2018. Talking about Murali Vijay’s Test career, he has added 3982 runs in 61 Test matches at an average of 38.29. During this, 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries were scored with his bat. The 37-year-old Murali can now make a place in the team, there is little hope of it. The main reason for this is that he is not even playing domestic cricket.
2. Karun Nair
When Karun Nair scored a triple century against England in Chennai, then it seemed that Karun Nair was a horse of a long race, but it was not seen. After scoring a triple century, he could not succeed in performing well, so he was dropped from the team. Karun Nair made his Test debut against England in November 2016 and after that he was last seen playing against Australia in March 2017. He has played only 6 Test matches in his career and has scored 374 runs at an average of 62.33. His high score in Test is 303 runs.
3. Shikhar Dhawan
In the year 2013, Shikhar Dhawan scored a century in his debut match against Australia, but he was dropped from the team due to poor form during the 2018 tour of England. Talking about Dhawan’s Test career, he has played 34 Tests for India so far and has scored 2315 runs with an average of 40.61. During this, 7 more centuries and 5 half-centuries have been seen with his bat. His high score is 190 runs. Dhawan is now 36 years old and there is no vacancy for him as an opener in Test cricket and now there is little hope of playing again in Test cricket.
4. Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha is a very good wicketkeeper. Although he has not got a chance to play him in Test cricket. He made his Test debut in 2010 against South Africa. Since then, he has been able to play only 40 Test matches. Regarding 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha, the Indian team management has told the selectors that Saha will not be involved in their future plans. He was shown the way out of the Test series against Sri Lanka. Now the hope of this player being able to return to the Test team again is almost over. Talking about Saha’s Test career, he has scored 1353 runs in 40 Tests with an average of 29.41. During this, 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries have been seen with his bat.
5. Ishant Sharma
Team India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s Test career is also almost over. Ishant Sharma was last seen in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand in November 2021. He could not get a single wicket in that match. After the Kanpur Test played against New Zealand in November 2021, Ishant Sharma has never been given a chance to play in Team India again. Competition is increasing continuously in Team India. Bowlers like Shami, Bumrah and Siraj are doing well in the test format. In such a situation, Ishant Sharma’s leaf has been cut from Team India. Ishant has played more than 100 Tests, in which he has taken 311 wickets. Even in IPL, he is not getting a chance. It is clear from this that now this player has only the option of retirement.