Forgotten World Cup trio: Sreesanth, Nehra, Piyush

Written by: Aprameya .C
Published: Monday, April 2, 2012, 13:58 [IST]
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Forgotten World Cup winning trio

Bangalore, Apr 2: As India celebrate the first anniversary of winning the World Cup 2011, three members of that history-making squad are now forgotten.

We are talking about fast bowlers S. Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra and legspinner Piyush Chawla. Since winning the World Cup, these three players have not played a single 50-over game for the country.

They are part of history now. Nobody seems to remember them, at least the selectors don't need their services any more, it appears so.

Hope these players' career graph does not follow 1983 World Cup winner Sunil Valson's path. Left-arm paceman Valson, who was part of the India World Cup winning squad in 1983, was unfortunate to have not played any World Cup game in that triumphant tournament and to his bad luck he never was given a chance to wear the India cap. Valson did not play even a single international game, but his biggest achievement is being a part of World Cup winning squad.

Also to that list is Yuvraj Singh, who has not played a single ODI after the April 2, 2011, final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium. However, he is battling a rare germ cell cancer and is ruled out due to health reasons.

But the trio of Nehra, Sreesanth and Piyush are kept out based on form and not on any other injury concerns. As they gear up for another season of Indian Premier League, starting on April 4, they would be left wondering what went wrong to their careers after the highs of World Cup.

Kerala speedster Sreesanth was lucky be part of the World Cup squad as he was drafted into the team as a replacement for the injured Praveen Kumar. Sreesanth also played in the final but did not have a memorable outing in Mumbai.

Sreesanth, however, has played two Tests against England since World Cup, but he has been out of favour with the selectors for 50 overs.

Piyush's inclusion in the 15-man squad did raise eyebrows as he had not been picked by the selectors before the team announced for this top event in 50-over format.

The 23-year-old was recalled to World Cup after being ignored for nearly three years. Before he was handed the India cap again for World Cup, Piyush's previous ODI for the country was on July 2, 2008, against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Piyush was given three chances during the World Cup and he contributed four wickets to the team. His last ODI for India was against Netherlands in Delhi on March 9.

May be he has to go through the same period of three years before making a surprise return to next World Cup!

Left-arm paceman Nehra played just three games in the World Cup.

However, he missed out on featuring in the final. He took three wickets in three matches in the World Cup. He was last seen in India blue jersey against Pakistan in the semi-final on March 30 in Mohali.

Life definitely has changed for World Cup winners. But for some, like these three, it has not done wonders in terms of their ODI careers.


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