Cricketer’s who didn’t fulfil their potential

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Sport has always been littered with people who seemed destined for great things but failed to live up to the hype or potential. For every Tendulkar there will always be a Kambli. Some of the players are injury hit and others just cant handle the pressure, many different reasons can be given. So here is a list of some talented players in modern cricket who have not fulfilled their potential.

1. Mohammed Amir:

This boy was probably the most talented bowler of his generation. He looked to be another classy Pakistani bowler in the mould of past greats. He was the youngest bowler to get to 50 test wickets and it looked like he could have gone to the top of the fast bowling records. His misdemeanour’s have robbed the world of a potential great. He may come back one day but will never be held in the same esteem that he should have been.

2.Shaun Tait:

Shaun Tait came at the back end of the great Australian side, he did win things but will not go down as the player he could have been. The name “wildthing” has never left him, when he burst onto the scene he was part of an attack that included Lee and Johnson. Whist the other two have proved to have achieved more. Injuries did not help the paceman.

3. Graham Hick / Mark Ramprakash

When considering the great batsmen of county cricket these two names will always be at the top of the list. Their careers are very similar in the fact that both were super talented but didn’t make the international scene their own. At youth level Ramprakash was rated just as good as Brian Lara. I believe they played in an era of turbulence in English cricket, meaning that they never had a settled run in the England side. What could have been if they had an arm around their shoulder?

4.Irfan Pathan:

When he first came onto the scene India took note of him. He seemed to be the allrounder that India had craved since Kapil Dev. A fast swing bowler who had a batting game for all outcomes. He has even opened the batting for India. I believe he could have continued to bat in the top order for India, but injuries and mismanagement have taken its toll on him. Ten years on from his international debut Pathan is still in and out the India team. Playing the odd good match in the IPL. Definitely one that got away for India.

5. Mohammed Kaif:

Kaif came to the international stage at a similar time to Yuvraj Singh. He was tipped to be a future captain and mainstay of the Indian side, especially in test cricket. His biggest disappointment must have been that he never got a fair crack of the whip at test level. In all honesty he was a good cricketer but the change to speedy cricket pretty much killed his ODI career. Probably one of the best fielders India had seen before the current crop of players turned up.

6. Shaun Marsh:

Son of a great player he has always had pressure on him. Shaun Marsh is actually a very good player, we are just waiting for him to cement himself in international cricket. We have seen him drift in and out of the Aussie test and ODI side, it looks that he may be given one last chance in test cricket as the number six batsman, lets see if he gets the chance and if he takes the opportunity.

7. Vinod Kambli:

How he is not a great for India is hard to know. He was the other player in the world record partnership stand with Sachin Tendulkar at school level. Kambli was so good that he scored two double centuires and two centuries in his first seven test matches. He will also be remembered by Shane Warne for hitting him for 22 runs in an over, not too many people did that. I believe he was just as talented as Sachin Tendulkar just probably not mentally as tough. Shockingly for such a talented player he played his last test match at the age of 24.

8. Graham Swann:

A surprise inclusion in this list, because Swann did achieve alot during his career. He will go down as one of England’s best spinners but what could have been for Swann? He waited eight years to play his second international game after his first. The reason sited for the exile was his personality clash with senior management and players. Imagine if Swann had played for eight years more? Whats more is that he left his side half way trough a series when the chips were down.

9. James Foster:

This may be bit of a bias vote. I have seen Foster play on many occasions having personally spoken to him, I can say he has to be the most genuine guy in sports. All that aside he was always dubbed as being the best wicketkeeper in England. What surprises me is that he has only ever been called up once to the squad. On that occasion he got injured before the series started and for some reason never got a call up. He also is captaincy material, I guess England have missed the boat with him now.

10: Parthiv Patel:

He made his debut in England as a fresh faced kid. Since this time he should have pushed on and cemented his place into the side as either the main wicketkeeper or just a genuine batsman. Dhoni overtook him in the pecking order as did Dinesh Karthick. Patel was always famed for being a good batsman but even this has not improved in the manor we all thought it could have. I believe a career in indian cricket politics is for him now.

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Virat Kohli will get close to Sachin’s ODI Record

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The huge gap left by Sachin Tendulkar has finally been filled. The prince of Indian cricket has become the king. Virat Kohli has the world at his feet, the vice captain of the side, the best batsman in Indian cricket and probably the best ODI player around currently. He is also rumoured to be dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, it seems that life is all too good currently.

At the age of 25 Kohli could already be listed with names such as Sehwag, Ganguly and Dravid. If he stays injury free he still has many years ahead of him to surpass these players. The one name that he could match is Sachin Tendulkar. With eighteen ODI centuries to his name Virat is number three on the list of Indian ODI century makers.

It will be pretty tough for anyone to get close to Tendulkar’s forty nine centuries, but if there is one guy who could do it its him. The amount of limited overs cricket India play I can see this happening in the future. Sachin’s test record however is one that will probably stand for a longer time. The reason behind this is that India play so little test cricket that it will be hard for an Indian to break this.

Two players more likely to break this feet are Alistair Cook and Michael Clark. The only issue I have with these are that they both have had injury trouble and a dip in form through their careers. So in my opinion the only current player to break the century record will be Kohli in ODI cricket.

Sachin, his legacy and potential replacements

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Thursday will mark the final chapter in Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’s professional cricket story. Fittingly the final destination for Sachin is his spiritual home,  the Wankhede Stadium.  So many people will hold different memories of him, but the everlasting image for me will be him being held aloft after the famous world cup win. Countless records have fallen to Tendulkar, too many to list.

A mark of the man’s profile is the tributes that come his way. The biggest compliment has to be from the President of The United States of America Barack Obama, who stated the following:

“I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play. Not because I love his play [but] because I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by five per cent when he’s in batting”

I am not sure what is more amazing, the fact that Obama took time out to recognise his retirement or the fact that  he attributes one player denting the worlds leading economy by 5%.

Cricket can now be divided into three different era’s, these being before Tendulkar, during his time and after Tendulkar. He has seen a massive change in world cricket and also Indian cricket. Through the course of his career he has seen Indian cricket rise to new heights. There had never been an Indian sports superstar before him, but because of him there will be many more.

What he has left behind is a very strong legacy, players such as Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit Sharma all grew up with him in the team. It is possible that without Tendulkar’s success these players would not have been playing the sport at all. These players in turn are inspiring children as young as age 5 and making their own legacy.

Going forward someone will have to be brought into the squad to replace one of the greatest players to have ever played the sport. I believe the batting talent is already in the squad to cover the loss of such a player. The calls will be for a batsman to come into the side, but I believe that an allrounder or extra bowler should be brought in, especially when playing at home. Kholi is a shoe in to move into the vacated number four spot, meaning Rohit Sharma can be moved up to five.

Dhoni is too good a batsman to be wasted at number seven, in my opinion he could bat in any of the top six positions with distinction. He would be my new number six. Jadeja should battle with Ashwin as to who bats at number seven. When playing abroad the selectors could be flexible for this role. If the pitch requires an extra batsman then so be it, if the extra seamer is needed then this could be an option.

The retirement of Tendulkar will be a sad day for cricket, but going forward, the future of Indian cricket seems in healthy state.