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In the second Test match against England, Akshar Patel got an opportunity to make the debut of Team India. The Indian team has been playing Test cricket for 89 years and Akshar has become the 302nd Test Cricketer of the country. He is the fourth Indian to make a test debut in 2021. Earlier this year, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan and Navdeep Saini have debuted.
148 Indian cricketers could play only 6 Tests.
Out of the 302 cricketers who have played Test matches from India so far, 148 have played only 6 Test matches. Among the cricketers whose career ended after 6 matches are Team India’s current batting coach Vikram Rathore, medium pacer Praveen Kumar and wicketkeeper batsman Ajay Ratra. Young players like Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Mohammad Siraj and Washington Sundar have also played less than 6 Tests, but they are almost certain to get more opportunities.
51 players 1 Test Wonder, including Saba Karim, Jaydev Unadkat, R Vinay Kumar
So far, there are 51 Indian cricketers who have played just 1 Test match. These include some young players who may get a chance ahead. Pace bowlers like Jaydev Unadkat and R Vinay Kumar are still active, but it seems quite difficult to get a chance in the Test team again. Prominent players who are dropped after a Test include Saba Karim. Saba’s career ended after Anil Kumble was hit on the eye.
Only 10 players can score a century in Test matches
So far, only 10 cricketers have played 100 or more Test matches from India. Sachin Tendulkar ranks first with 200 Test matches. Rahul Dravid has played 163 and VVS Laxman has played 134 Test matches.
Indian stars playing 100 or more Tests
Gavaskar captained by 27 players at most
Most 27 players in Indian Test cricket history have debuted under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar. 26 players have made their debut under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin and 25 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Apart from these, Lala Amarnath (24), CK Naidu (21), Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (21) have also been captains, led by more than 20 players. 19 players under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, 14 under Sachin’s captaincy and 13 under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. 6 players have made their debut under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane.
302 players made 2 lakhs, more than 60 thousand runs and 7887 wickets
In Test cricket, 302 players have scored more than 2 lakh 60 thousand runs from India and have taken 7887 wickets. In terms of scoring runs, only England and Australia batsmen are ahead of the Indians. At the same time, England, Australia and West Indies bowlers are ahead of the Indians in terms of wickets. So far 696 players have played Test cricket for England, 460 for Australia and 325 for West Indies.