India is a cricketing nation which relies heavily on its batting unit. On a contrary though, there have been bowlers who have made notable contributions for the team. The Indian domestic cricket circuit consists of a large pool of players, aspiring to play at the international level and it requires immense dedication, talent and hard-work to make it to the Indian national team.
While most of the players have succeeded in replicating their success in the international arena, the remaining lot of players have failed to establish themselves at the international level, especially in the longer version of the game. Here are three Indian Test players who went wicket-less in their debut Test matches and thus, could not hold on to their spots in the Indian Test team.
#3 Nikhil Chopra
Nikhil Chopra came into the Indian One-Day side in the year 1998 on back of his phenomenal domestic performances. He grabbed attention from every corner of the world, when he bagged his solitary five-wicket haul against West Indies in the Caribbean in the year 1999. Chopra made his Test debut in the year 2000 against the Proteas in Bengaluru. However, he failed to impress with the ball, evident from the fact that he could not grab any wicket in the 144 balls he bowled in the coarse of the game.
Chopra was dropped immediately from the Test team and could never make a comeback into the side.
#2 Robin Singh
Robin Singh was one of the greatest all rounders to play for India in the shorter format of the game. Singh was exceptionally brilliant in all three departments and gave numerous match-winning performances for India both with the bat and ball in the One-Day International arena. He became a regular feature in the Indian side for years in the limited overs format. However, the stalwart all-rounder failed to impress in the longest version of the game.
Singh played a solitary Test match for India against Zimbabwe in the year 1998 . He scored merely 27 runs with the bat and failed to pick any wicket in the 60 balls he bowled, conceding 32 runs at a decent economy of 3.20. Singh was dropped from the Indian Test team after his awful performance in the debut game and could never make a comeback in the Indian Test squad.
Interestingly, Singh bowled really well in the ODIs for India and also has a five-wicket haul against his name.
#1 Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat made his Test debut for India at the young age of nineteen, in the year 2010 against South Africa in their backyard. The left-arm fast bowler couldn't make the opportunity count for him, as he went wicket-less in the 26 overs he bowled in the game, also giving away 101 runs.
Despite possessing enormous talent, Unadkat never made it to the Indian Test team again.