The most overrated and underrated Indian player in recent times
After inception of cricket in Indian subcontinent, India has produced some legends. They wrote their name in the history with their performance. Their footprints later carrying the legacy for decades.
Cricket has witnessed player like Sachin Tendulkar and modern cricket player Virat Kohli. Unfortunately, many players are emerging in the country’s cricket side. They are getting better and better every single day.
It’s very tough to make a suitable place in the Indian XI because of tough competition and multiple verse talented players. Some players are having the face value by chance and using the opportunity, while despite having immense talent and consistency, they are falling behind the screen because of less gossip.
Modern cricket has given India many greatly talented players as well as some short timesheet performer. For Recent years there have been the most overrated players and underrated players in the team.
According to the team performance, individual performance and the influence of person the most underrated player in the recent year has been Hanuma Vihari.
After making his debut for the Test side against England in 2018, Hanuma Vihari has only got better and better with each match he was taken in the XI. As a batting all-rounder, who is more than handy with the ball, he is a very valuable asset for the men in blue. And his numbers prove that what a gift Indian cricket is going to have.
In the six Tests he has played, he already has three 50s and one century to his name. He got an impressive average of 45.6 and with the ball, he has 5 scalps in 9 innings at an average of 28.4. He has got some precious wicket including the prized wicket of English legend Alastair Cook in the test series.
Against the West Indies in 25th August in 2019, Vihari made 93 runs off 128 balls in the 2nd innings of the first Test match. The innings was labelled as a crucial knock for India as they gave the West Indies a target of 419 runs with only 1 day remaining. In the second Test match against the West Indies, Vihari scored his maiden Test century and proved his worth.
Although he has been batting for India at number 6, but he is flexible with batting position. He has also played and thrived at number 3 for Andhra Pradesh domestic league. Vihari said,”I am ready to bat at any position for the team.”
He is not as glamorous as someone like Virat Kohli or Hardik Pandya. It’s probably because he is a Test specialist. He has the potential to be the next big thing in Indian cricket and become the remedy for India’s fragile middle-order problem.
Out of 9 match he played, he scored 552 runs with an average of 36.80 including 4 half-centuries and one century. Besides he has got 5 wickets in 9 matches. But he is still reach out of limelight.
For recent years, compare to the performance the praise and gossip, Rishabh Pant has been the most overrated player. His lusty blows and aggressive approach in the Indian Premier League (IPL) earned him a reputation of being brave one. India call-up followed soon, and he was massively popular among the spectators.
Although he has played a few good knocks for India in Test Cricket, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype in the limited-overs format. On countless occasions, he has thrown away his wicket to absolutely reckless drives. His overly-aggressive approach has been smartly used by oppositions to their favor, and he’s never been created a repulse on them. Rather most of the times he has been used as a trap.
He is immensely talented and should definitely be given a longer run in the team. But he must put a price-tag on his wicket and value his position, because Not everyone gets this chance.
He has got absolutely long time gossip and become famous to the fans. But compared to his talent and opportunities he had not met the expectations, where there are equally capable players like Sanju Samson who are in the waiting list, and thus Pant must value his position and make justice to his name.