Test cricket is the epitome of cricketing skill and grit. Every youngster who picks a bat or ball aspires to play the red-ball format once in his life. Virat Kohli has often said that white-ball cricket may be glitzy and IPL may be glamourous, but nothing matches test cricket in the intensity. Securing a spot in the current Indian squad is very difficult because the team is so settled. Lately, there has been the addition of quite a few youngsters into the test team. They have got chances, played well, and also been dropped.
We have often noticed that a player may be great in white-ball cricket but is not effective in red-ball cricket. Yuzvendra Chahal is one such player who is a white ball superstar but has not played red-ball cricket yet. Jason Roy for England has been sensational in white-ball cricket but could not fit into their test squad.
We look at active Indian players who are stars in white-ball cricket currently but have not yet played test cricket for India.
1. Manish Pandey
Pandey has been part of the Indian ODI and T20 middle-order for a long time. He has played a couple of handy innings in the brief chances that he has got. He has played 29 ODIs and 39 T20s for India. With more than 6000 first-class runs and some great IPL performances, one cannot deny that he is a dependable player. However, over the years, he has not caught the attention of the selectors during the selection of the test team.
2. Shreyas Iyer
A regular feature of the ODI and T20 squad now, Iyer has asserted a stamp of dominance now on the Indian white-ball team. His performance in the white ball series in Australia was his break-out performance. In the IPL, Iyer also captains Delhi Capitals. In an interview to Boria Majumdar this week, he clearly stated his ambition to play for India in tests. He is yet to make a debut for India in the whites.
3. Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav has played 73 ODI matches and nine T20 internationals for India. He has lost his place in the Indian cricket team right now. The 36-year-old will have to bring his ‘A’ game to the table in the first-class arena to ensure he plays a few Test matches for the country. Jadhav had made his first-class debut back in 2007/08.
4. Yuzvendra Chahal
A superstar in India’s white-ball team, his right-arm leg-spin is indispensable when India takes the field in limited-overs. It is unimaginable for India to start a game without him in any country. He has played 56 ODIs and 49 T20I matches and taken more than 150 wickets. However, with Jadeja and Ashwin already being India’s premier spinners with Akshar Patel, Sundar, and Kuldeep on the sidelines, it is difficult to see how Chahal will make his debut.
5. Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya is the elder brother of all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Like Hardik, Krunal is an all-rounder as well, but he bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin. Krunal has represented India in five ODIs and 19 T20I matches. He has done well in both formats and might receive a place in the Test team if he performs well in first-class cricket.