The Men in Blue has witnessed some legendary cricketers from time to time. In every decade India have witnessed many great players. Players like Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar ruled the Indian cricket in the 1980s.
In the 1990s, players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid ruled over the opposition. In the present era, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are dominating world cricket.
Over all these years many players have debuted and many have retired. After Sourav Ganguly took over the team in early 2000, he brought a bunch of young cricketers. These cricketers played well under Sourav and produced consistent performances.
The same scenario happened when MS Dhoni took the legacy from Ganguly. However there were some players who debuted after 2000 but didn’t get much opportunities. As a result it resulted in the downfall of their career.
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5. Amit Mishra
The Haryana-born spinner is one of the underrated spinners of India. Despite having over 500 first-class wickets and 242 List A wickets, he got limited international opportunities.
Mishra debuted in 2003 in ODIs but was left out after a couple of games. This was because of the supremacy of world-class spinners like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble.
In 2008 against Australia when Kumble got injured, Mishra got another chance. He became his Test career with a five-wicket haul. However he didn’t have much variations and as a result became inconsistent.
Moreover with the rise of young spinners like Jadeja and Ashwin, Mishra became a sporadic member of the team. Had he got the big break three or five years previously, Mishra’s international might have been something else.