In this article, we have shortlisted the top five underrated players from Indian cricket in the last decade.
An Insight to “The Unfortunates”
Shreyas Gopal, an IPL Format-based Young All-Rounder, an effective leg-spinner, and a reliable middle-order batsman of Rajasthan Royals (RR), who has an IPL contract of a mere Rs.20 Lakhs, has been a part of the team since 2014. In 2019, he grabbed 20 wickets in 14 games, with a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB). In 2020, he scalped 10 wickets in 14 games for the Rajasthan Royals. Even after playing so many seasons for Rajasthan Royals, he is an undervalued player in IPL 2021.
Manoj Tiwari played for his home state for four seasons, from 2010-13. Over the course of 54 games for KKR, he scored 1002 runs, scored 4 fifties for KKR, and made a comeback to the Indian ODI setup as impressive stats considering that he was largely used in the lower-middle-order. The batsman was never afforded many chances for India and has even been without an IPL team for the past two seasons. Unfortunately, Tiwary hasn't taken his unfair exclusion for the IPL and the Indian national team too well.
Ambati Rayudu has to be the unluckiest of these all. He was part of the 2015 World Cup squad but didn’t get a game. The Indian team did so well that he had to warm the benches throughout the Cup Session.
In 2019, 3-5 months before the World Cup his place was almost sure in the team but a string and a prolonged queue of low scores made the selectors drop him. He has a very good ODI record. After his omission from the World Cup side, he announced his retirement, but a month later he agreed to play all formats. Even though he might have come out of retirement but his dream of playing a World Cup game won’t be satisfied.
Amit Mishra is one of the most underrated Spinners in world cricket. The 37-year-old leg-spinner has played 36 ODIs for India grabbing up 64 wickets in his court with two five-wicket hauls. He even picked up a five-wicket haul in his last ODI for India. He was a pretty handy leg-spinner and used to deceive a lot of batsmen around the globe until Ravinder Jadeja and Ashwin made their entry into the Game. Even Amit Mishra won the Man of the series when he played last time for India, It was pretty unfortunate that he couldn’t get a place in the 2011 or 2015 World Cup squad but he continues to play in the IPL and perform well for Delhi Capitals.
Robin Uthappa, who is overshadowed by M S Dhoni’s brilliance, but he is too brilliant cricketer indeed. He has always been a natural stroke-maker with KKR, who usually deployed him as an opener in his initial seasons there. His ability to rotate the strike brilliantly against the spinners, devised some shots in the middle overs to increase the run rate has ascertained well with the demands of the team. He even kept wickets for KKR for a long period of time. Now, it must be noted that KKR has majorly been a spinner-friendly team. They have had the likes of Brag Hogg, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, and Piyush Chawla bowling for them. For having managed to keep well to these exceptional spinners, Uthappa certainly deserves more credit.