Before we proceed sad news for all the cricket fans over the world, MS Dhoni has announced retirement from international cricket followed by Suresh Raina. What a legend they were. Not sure whether they were underrated cricketers or not but they were Legends for sure who aspired the young generation.
“Legends don’t retire they just leave a legacy to follow”.
Cricket world has witnessed many greats of the game but unfortunately, few cricketers haven’t got much name and fame which they deserved.
Here is the list of all the underrated cricketers of all time from each cricket playing nation.
Underrated Cricketers of Australia
1. Mike Hussey
Mr Cricket, Wasn’t he? No ego, no extra show-offs just a pure class. A man who set an example for cricketers and other sports person that age doesn’t matter.
Mike Hussey was struggling to find a place in the Australian team at 28 but he never gave up and finally made his test debut at 30.
After that, he never looked back, what a class act he was. He averaged more than 50 in the test, close to 50 in one day with a decent strike rate and an explosive T-20 batsman.
A man who could adjust himself in any format, in any situation, against any opponent Hussey won’t disappoint you. I still thinks Hussey said Good-bye to cricket too early, lot of cricket was left in him.
Remember his knock against Pakistan in World T-20 2010 semis where he bashed Saeed Ajmal and won the match for Australia.
2. George Bailey
Patience, calm and composed, smile! These words define George Bailey. Doesn’t matter what drama is going on he just smiles and never shows his emotion much like Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni.
He is very underrated ODI batsman who averages more than 40 with a decent strike rate but people don’t notice his contribution for the Australian team.
He took captaincy when Australian cricket was going from downfall & produced magical results with his limited over captaincy and batting.
Very few of you might know George Bailey holds the record of most runs scored in test in a single over. He did that against King of Swing James Anderson.
3. Travis Head
He isn’t the one we can put in the leagues of David Warner or Steve Smith but he delivered when it mattered for Australian cricket.
He might not be as explosive as any other but whatever limitations he has, he gives his 100%. Whether he has to face a quality pace attack in swinging conditions or rank tuner in sub-continent he always competes.
Even I have seen him doing well for RCB in IPL, where on few instances likes of Abd and Virat failed and Travis Head came to the rescue and delivered for RCB.
Are Travis Head and Ab de Villiers twin brothers 😀
Underrated Cricketers in India
1. Rahul Dravid
Well, I don’t need to speak much about Rahul Dravid as I have covered a separate article on him.
You can watch this video also,
Note: Video is in Hindi, let me know if you want me to cover this video in English as well.
2. Wasim Jaffer
He could be one more big thing in Indian cricket especially in test format but lack of opportunities and competition haven’t favoured him.
Wasim Jaffer is a Don Bradman of first-class cricket in India. 40 tons and more than 19,000 runs with an average of 51. He is the one and the only player who played 150 Ranji Trophy matches. His remarkable and phenomenal record speaks on his behalf.
Maybe few players just born in a wrong era and I guess Wasim Jaffer is the one good example of this phrase.
Now, Wasim Jaffer is appointed as batting coach of Kings XI Punjab. Hope youngsters will learn a lot from him.
3. Amit Mishra
Apart from Amit Mishra, I would like to add a name of Pragyan Ojha in the list.
The spin duo performed whenever they got a chance but don’t know why selectors haven’t backed them much.
Ojha was the highest wicket for India in 2012-13 home series against England. But his action was found illegal by ICC which was nothing but the reason behind his exit from cricket.
While Mishra was the highest wicket-taker for India in the ODI series against New Zealand.
Stats of Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha respectively.
Mishra was good in limited overs while Ojha was a very good test bowler.
Underrated Cricketers of England
1. Jonathan Trott
Terrific test batsman, effective and dependable no. 3 in ODIs as well. England cricket board (ECB) haven’t rated him much but I rate Jonathan Trott in much much higher leagues.
He was certainly a backbone of England cricket. But other batsmen like Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen overshadowed him. He hasn’t got much attention and fan following like any other English cricketer yet he was never short of efforts.
Do you know Jonathan Trott is also South African born who played cricket for England?
2. Chris Woakes
Everyone talks about Ben Stokes but no one talks about Chris Woakes. Even Chris Woakes along with Jos Buttler rescued England once again against Pakistan in a very first test of the series post-COVID situation.
Woakes is the all-rounder which any captain loves to have in his side but sadly his spot in England team is not fixed. Every time he has to sacrifice his place for someone else.
You can not keep Chris Woakes away from your playing 11 especially in test in any condition.
Nasser Hussain said that in an interview Chris Woakes is surely one of the best all-rounders in test cricket yet struggles to find a place in England team.
3. Jonny Bairstow
The name Jonny is quite common, if you know what I mean 😀 Anyway, Jonny Bairstow is another batsman who is extremely talented but his role is not fixed in England side.
He can score in the middle order, he can score runs with a tale, he can open an innings, he is a wicket-keeper as well still England board plays with his role. Nevertheless, he has done pretty well whichever role he has got.
You all might have seen him closely during the time of IPL playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) along with David Warner.
Underrated Cricketers in Pakistan
1. Shoaib Malik
Very humble, underrated and a good human being. Shoaib Malik debuted almost at the same time along with Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan. But now, Misbah ul Haq is the head coach, Younis Khan is a batting coach of Pakistan while Shoaib Malik is till playing for Pakistan tell his fitness level.
Apart from being a decent batsman, he can chip in with few quality overs as well. We all are very well aware of his finishing and fielding skills as well.
He captained the Pakistani side as well in that aspect also he did a good job than most of the other Pakistani player.
2. Misbah ul Haq
The second name in the list of underrated cricketers of Pakistan is their head coach Misbah ul Haq.
Pakistani media and fans blame him for loss in 2007 T-20 World Cup final and 2011 World Cup semi-final against India. But he was the only Pakistani batsman who stood tall and fought till the end they don’t notice this.
Don’t have any ODI century they said but have many crucial half-centuries they forgot to mention.
Misbah ul Haq had two games either hit a six or defence, the inability to rotate strike is one of the main reason why he doesn’t have a One Day hundred.
But don’t forget, under his captaincy Pakistan has done very well in England. And they have a good test record in England than any other Asian team.
3. The Audience Choice
Well, guys, I kept this name because I want to know about your views who can be the third Pakistani cricketer who is suitable for this list.
Please feel free to give a try.
Underrated Cricketers of New Zealand
1. Tom Latham
You tell him to score against quality quicks or world-class spinners, he will be able to do that.
One of the rare New Zealand batter who plays the sweep well (reverse sweep as well).
Apart from opening the innings, batting in the middle order, Tom Latham can lead the side as well. He has proved this in absence of Kane Williamson.
We know how pleasing it is to watch a beautiful cover drive played by a left-hander, Tom Latham surely is that left-hander whose cover drives are satisfying and eye-catching.
Latham isn’t destructive like any other New Zealand batsman but he is much more effective than most of the overrated pinch hitters and openers.
2. BJ Watling
New Zealand’s wicket-keeper batsman in test format, Bradley-John Watling, known as BJ Watling is a South African born who plays cricket for New Zealand.
A very very handy lower middle-order batsman has played an active part in many good and momentum gaining partnerships ( including McCullum 300) but just the fact he plays only test format people don’t give him much attention.
A guy coming at 7 and having average close to 40 in a test isn’t a cakewalk. His stats could be much better if he would have batted higher in the batting order.
3. Ross Taylor
A legend from New Zealand. Ross Taylor has served New Zealand cricket for more than a decade still his records and achievements are phenomenal.
He can play attacking, defensive based on circumstances and that what you need in order to do well in international cricket.
He has played 101 Test, 100 T-20s and over 200 ODIs still he has maintained his consistency and it’s true that New Zealand batting order is still reliant on him.
Remember his knock against Pakistan in 2011 World Cup where he bashed Shoaib Akhtar all over the park. Most of the people think that was the reason behind Shoaib Akhtar’s retirement as well.
Apart from these names, I feel the spin due ( Sodhi and Santner) are quite underrated for their contribution, especially Ish Sodhi.
Underrated South African Cricketers
1. Faf Duplessis
We always cheer Amla and Devilliers but what about Faf Duplessis who haven’t left South African team midway.
He is fit, explosive and stylish batsman but his performances haven’t got much recognization. A good example is, his debut test match where he saved the test match against Australia in Adelaide.
But while focusing on other key players like Abd, Kallis, Amla people forget to mention Faf’s name in the list. But the fact is that Faf is never short of efforts. He always keeps the team first. Even his fielding is world-class. Sometimes, better than Ab de Villiers as well.
Do you know Faf and Abd are best friends and they went to school together?
2. Mark Boucher
A wicket-keeper of a top class. Unfortunately, Mark Boucher’s career ended due to a tragic incidence where bails hit his eye and he lost his eyesight.
He wasn’t that great batsman but his wicket-keeping skills were magical. He has dismissed nearly 1000 batsman from his wicket-keeping skills in international cricket.
Boucher would have improved his batting stats as well if tragic instance wouldn’t have happened in his life.
3. JP Dumminy
Not sure about the longer format but in T-20s Jp Dumminy was certainly one of the best batsmen of a South Africa. Fans keep their eyes on a player like David Miller that’s why Dumminy never came in much limelight.
He can bowl good overs of off-spin as well. An excellent fielder who can field anywhere in the ground.
Like many South African batsman inability to play spin well dimmed Jp Dumminy’s career to some extent. But despite his limited option against spin, he has done quite well for South Africa.
Underrated Cricketers of West Indies
1. Jason Holder
The first name which comes to my mind if I say underrated cricketers in West Indies is their test captain Jason Holder.
Number 1 or sometimes number 2 all-rounder in ICC test rankings, managing the dwell ship of West Indies cricket along with few other players.
He can easily be a part of West Indies test team for his batting ability, his bowling is just a bonus for Windies team.
We can say that West Indies cricket is on a road to recovery under Jason Holder’s captaincy.
2. Nicholas Pooran
If I have to pick 3 West Indian batsmen who can play according to the situation, I will go with Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran.
We have seen Nicholas Pooran playing spectacular innings for Kings XI Punjab as well. Let’s say West Indies is 3 down for 20, Nicholas Pooran is the kind of a guy they will look for not only to build the innings but to play some big shots whenever required.
Unlike many overrated big hitters in West Indies Nicholas Pooran seems like a long run horse. And if he does well, who knows he can be another big thing in West Indies cricket.
3. Shane Shillingford
Many of you might have not even heard this name. Shane Shillingford has played 16 test matches for West Indies. In his short career of just 16 test matches, he scarped 70 wickets which is quite remarkable.
Who else remembered the series against India where he outranked many Indian batsmen as well.
Underrated Sri Lankan Cricketers
1. Rangana Herath
Another example of a cricketer who born in the wrong era. Rangana Herath had everything a good spinner needs but it’s just a presence of Murlidharan in Sri Lankan side blocked a way for him,
But after the retirement of Murlidharan, Rangana Herath took the charge and kept the burden of the spin department on his shoulders. Even his name is in the elite list of bowlers who have taken more than 400 test wickets.
On flat tracks as well he is a genuine threat to a batsman. But like any other underrated bowler, he hasn’t got many frames for his contribution in Sri Lankan cricket.
2. Angelo Mathews
Faced lot of criticism for his slow and sloppy innings but still Angelo Mathews is a match-winner for Lankan team.
When he came into international cricket everybody thought Wow! what a gem he is. He can bat well, he can deliver overs in quick succession, he will take the legacy of Sri Lankan cricket forward. Many (including me) thought he will be the biggest star in Sri Lankan cricket. But he hasn’t lived to expectation.
Though people don’t rate him much nowadays I still think he has a lot to offer to Sri Lankan cricket.
3. Kusal Mendis
A young batsman who looks promising but fans and media don’t think so.
Unlike overrated batters like Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis is the one who can cement his spot if he improves his game. Talent and skills is not a concern for Kusal Mendis, it’s just a temperament which needs to be addressed.
Underrated Cricketers of Bangladesh
People and fans keep talking about Shakib ul Hassan and Tamim Iqbal but how often they forget Mahmudullah.
A quality batting all-rounder who can hit biggies when the required rate is going up.
However, Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza has a huge faith on Mahmudullah.
That’s one of the main reason why despite being underrated Mahmudullah is still delivering to Bangladesh cricket.
2. Mushfiqur Rahim
Always get criticized for his actions and controversial statements but Mushfiqur Rahim’s batting skills, temperament, match awareness is much ahead of any other Bangladeshi batsman.
He is serving Bangladesh for so long but people just want to talk about Shakib ul Hassan but as we all know cricket is team game. One individual is never enough to make a team win.
Mushfiqur Rahim has over 12,000 international runs as well but by seeing him it’s very hard to say this 😀
3. Abdur Razzak
Another decent limited over spinner for Bangladesh whose name is not much popular.
Abdur Razzak is the first Bangladeshi cricketer to take 200 wickets in ODIs. He is also the first left-arm spinner and 2nd spinner after Saqlain Mushtaq took a hat-trick.
He took retirement from the limited-overs format and now just playing test cricket for Bangladesh. I wonder if people are aware of this or not.
So, it was the list of top underrated cricketers from each cricket playing nation.
It’s natural that sometimes we don’t get much credit or attention for the things we do but it doesn’t mean we should stop doing that.
In this article, we tried our best to remind people around the globe about the contribution of these cricketers to their respective country.
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