It doesn’t depend on how delightful you are playing in a team, there is no guarantee for your career to end in Indian cricket. Many legendary cricketers feel bad about it. The great Kapil dev also struggled in his last couple of years before ending his fantastic career with 434 Test wickets to his name. The same thing happened with Rahul Dravid after his outstanding performance against England in Test 2011. He missed out from the playing 11 after a few months in the series against Australia. Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, and many more famous cricketers feel the same. Every batter and bowler wasn’t performing the same as their peak day’s performance. After this, they cut off from the primary playing combination. Only a few players like; Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, and MS Dhoni are the names that went out from the squad with glory.
Indian former skipper and legendary batter Dilip Vengsarkar did not have a happy ending in his cricketing career as well. He was the team’s consistent scorer and the pillar of India’s middle-order batting. In 1986 he was one of the heroes of India in the series against England. But after this, his career was devastated due to injury. He got a fracture in his hand while playing against West-Indies; although he recovered from the injury, his performance was not the same as it was before his injury; he played his last game in 1992 against Australia.
“If you see hindsight, I was doing well in a sense. But on the tour of Australia, I was dropped from the one-day matches. At that time, I was India’s highest scorer and couldn’t find a place. I could understand if India was winning, but they were losing every match on the tour of Australia. Coach Abbas Ali Baig was there, and he asked me what we should do. I said you are asking an interested person,” Dilip Vengsarkar told these facts while speaking to a YouTube channel
Vengsarkar’s last test series performance against Australia was not so good. He scored 158 runs in the five matches. Between March 1990 and November 1991, Vengsarkar played only 5 ODIs in 1.5 years and had only scored one fifty. A former BCCI chief selector, Vengsarkar stated that he felt he was unlucky to have been sidelined, more so since India’s performances in ODIs was not upto the mark.
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“I mean I can understand if you are winning all the matches and then you can sack me from the squad. I was the highest scorer in ODIs till then. So then I thought that it’s not worth continuing because I have always believed that you should play in all formats. India were playing a lot of ODIs back then and if you are playing them all, you are part of the group,” he pointed out.