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Five domestic cricket stars that failed to succeed at the highest level

Sushant Kadaru

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There is no exaggeration in saying that the game of cricket as evolved as one of the most popular sports across the globe in the last ten years or so.

It is proved time and again that a team without squad rotation policy can’t survive for too long in the present scenario. Which made the teams and their managements think about the right combination for their success.

In this process of squad rotation some of the top performers in the domestic circuit weren’t given enough chances to announce themselves at the International level.

Michael Klinger

Hailing from Victoria, life isn’t easy for this right handed veteran. Klinger made his debut in the domestic circuit playing for Victoria and then went on to play for South Australia and currently made himself available for the Western Australia side.

He further travelled to England and signed for the Gloucestershire in county championship. Notably a very young Klinger captained Australia U-19 team with the former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke being his deputy.

In his first-class career Klinger scored over 10,000 runs at a decent average of 40. The opener also played few matches in the IPL for the Kochi Tuskers which went unnoticed.

After all his achievements in the domestic circuit and some decent contributions for the BBL champions Perth Scorchers, the 37-year old made his debut for Australia in a T20I series against Sri Lanka earlier this year.

With the age not on his side, and with his fellow teammates performing well, a place in this Aussie side is too far from him.

Subramanium Badrinath

Not many CSK fans would have forgot Badrinath’s contribution in making them the most successful team in T20 cricket. Playing for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji trophy, the right hander established himself as one of the best test players going around in India.

Badri notched up nearly 8000 runs at an outstanding average of 60 in his first class career. Having found a place in the Indian team, the middle order batsman failed utterly to sustain in the International arena.

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As there was a tough competition for his position, he didn’t get enough chances to prove himself. Nevertheless, one of the finest batsman in Subramanium Badrinath went unnoticed at the International level and is in the final period of his professional career.

Colin Ingram

Over the years many South African players took the Kolpak way and Colin Ingram is one amongst them. Being a top-order batsman, the left-hander is very unlucky to find him fighting for a place in a side which is full of stars.

Ingram first came into limelight when he played some blistering knocks for his South African franchise Chevrolet Warriors in the 2010 edition of the Champions League T20.

Soon after the CLT20 he found a place in the national side, after making a good start to his ODI career he has never been able to cement his place in the side.

A part of the blame for his lack of runs can be put on the management as he has not got a settled batting position.  He was voted the South African Domestic player’s player of the year in 2011.

He is the only South African batsman to score a ODI hundred (124 against Zimbabwe) on debut.

Playing for his county side Glamorgan in this season’s Natwest t20 blast, 32-year old Ingram made his impact felt by murdering the cricket ball to all parts of the ground as he notched two quick tons and also chipped in with some useful wickets with the ball in hand at crucial junctures.

Samit Patel

We all know that the turn-around of English cricket from the 2015 world cup is because of their fearless approach to the game.

One of the major part of their success is their batting strength, even Liam Plunkett who bats at 10, has the ability to hit a long ball. Similarly, Samit Patel came into the side as a left arm orthodox spinner who hits big lower down the order.

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder made his international debut in 2008, and last played in ODIs for England in 2013. In the list-A career Samit scored almost 6000 runs and accounted for 207 scalps in the 228 matches he played thus far.

His heroics with both the bat and ball in England earned him T20 contracts across the globe. Samit slowly emerged as the important prospect of Nottinghamshire with his consistent performances.

He is very unlucky to sit out of the side as his counterpart Moeen Ali became a top priority. Despite the fact that he ages 32, there is no surprise if he makes a comeback into the national side.

Dhawal Kulkarni

Dhawal Kulkarni, not many have noticed until his heroics against RCB in the playoffs of IPL-9, when he picked up Virat and Gayle and finished with his best figures of 4-14.

Before playing in the IPL, Kulkarni created a place for himself in the domestic circuit by playing Mumbai in the last few seasons of Ranji trophy.

Not so many would have expected a medium pacer becoming the leading wicket taker on Indian grounds, but the Mumbai lad proved them wrong by becoming the most successful bowler in his very first Ranji season.

The right arm medium pacer accounted for 160 scalps in his 94 – match list A career at an impressive average of 23. Dhawal made his International debut in 2014 vs England. Till date Dhawal played 12 ODIs wearing India jersey and picked up 19 wickets.

In the last couple of years, the Indian bowling line-up has evolved as one of the world’s best with a lot of variety and depth in the attack.

This made the domestic circuit’s most successful medium pacer in last few seasons, sit out of the side. Aging only 28 is an advantage to Dhawal in making an impact at the highest level in the next five years or so.

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