It takes skills, temperament and other top qualities to excel in Test cricket. There have been some cricketers who have managed to excel in all the formats. On the other hand, there have been some cricketers who have great records in limited-overs cricket, but have failed to replicate the same success in Test cricket. Criciwizz looks into this list of cricketers who are superheroes in limited-overs cricket, but duds in Test cricket.
Suresh Raina: The Indian southpaw began his Test career with a bang, scoring a ton on debut. Suresh Raina made his Test debut five years after he played for India in ODI’s for the first time. However, despite the blazing start in Test cricket, Raina’s weakness to the short ball was exposed and a poor run of scores saw him getting dropped from the Test team.
He continues to shine in limited-overs cricket though, having amassed 5568 runs in 223 ODIs, but only 18 Tests to his name in his career.
Shahid Afridi: The Pakistani leg-spinner is a brutal hitter of the ball and announced his arrival in ODI cricket with some blazing knocks. He scored at a great pace and broke quite a few international records. He was an equally handy leg-spin bowler. He has 8064 runs and 395 wickets in ODI cricket. But his style of game was not suited to Test cricket. Afridi though has five tons in 27 Tests before he shifted focus to limited-overs cricket.
Rohit Sharma: The Indian cricketer too falls in this list as he has failed to live up to the historic beginning to the Test career he had. He began with two tons in his first two Tests, but 14 Tests later, he is yet to score another Test ton. This is coming from a player who has scored two double tons in ODI cricket, and amassed 5008 runs in 148 ODIs.
Michael Bevan: The former Australian cricketer was the go-to man in ODI’s whenever the team was in trouble. He enjoyed a healthy average of 53.58 in ODI cricket. However, he was not able to replicate that success in Test cricket and could play only 18 Tests and he was soon labeled ODI specialist. Bevan was excellent in rotating the strike and even better hitter of the ball which he usually reserved for the slog overs in ODI cricket.