Indian cricket fans may have heard the name of Dheeraj Jadhav very little but his domestic record is strong. Born in Maharashtra, Dheeraj scored 7679 runs in 111 first class matches at an average of 50.85. In List A, he got to play his first match for India A. In 52 innings, his bat yielded 2075 runs at an average of 43. He was included in the Indian team for the Mumbai Test against Australia in 2004–05 but never got a chance to play.
Tamil Nadu batsman Sreedharan Sharath also scored runs in domestic cricket. Sharath, who made his debut in the 1992/93 season, scored 8700 runs in 139 first class matches at an average of 51.17. There were 27 centuries in this. In List A also scored 3366 runs at an average of 44. Presently he is the selector of the Indian cricket team.
Yashpal Singh, who played for the army, is also included in the unlucky Indian players. In a first class career of 134 matches, he scored 9777 runs at an average of 50. This included 24 centuries. In List A, his bat yielded 5012 runs at an average of 49. Apart from this, he has 74 wickets in first class and 49 wickets in List A. Still never got a chance to play for India.
Former Mumbai batsman Amol Mazumdar would not be wrong if he is called the world’s most unlucky cricketer. Amol played an innings of 260 runs in the debut of first class cricket. At that time it was a world record. In his first class career of 171 matches, 11167 runs came out of his bat. It had 30 centuries and 60 fifties. Due to having batsmen like Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman in the middle order, he never got a chance to play for India.
Jammu-born Mithun Manhas also scored runs in domestic cricket. In 157 first-class matches, Manhas scored 9714 runs with the bat. He also scored 4126 runs in List A. He used to play domestic matches for Delhi. He was an exceptional middle order batsman but never got a chance for India.
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