Winning a cricket championship brings prestige and recognition to the team, players, and the nation they represent. It showcases their skill, dedication, and ability to perform under pressure. It establishes them as champions and earns respect from fans, cricket experts, and the cricketing community as a whole. Individual players who perform exceptionally well in a championship often receive increased recognition and opportunities.
Their market value rises, leading to better contracts, endorsements, and career prospects. Winning a championship can significantly boost a player’s reputation, opening doors for further achievements and international recognition.
A cricket team consists of eleven players on the field, but there are some extra players who become part of the team and support the playing XI in the nets. In the past, we have witnessed some players who were not part of the starting lineup but still became World Champions without making their debut for the team in that particular format. Let’s take a closer look at five cricketers who achieved this remarkable feat.
1) Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla, the former spin maestro of team India, won the T20 World Cup in 2007 without making his debut for the team in the shortest format of the game. He made his international debut for India in an ODI match against Bangladesh in 2007, a few months before the T20 World Cup held in September 2007.
Chawla had to wait for three years to make his T20 debut, which finally happened in 2011 against the Netherlands. Once he made his debut, international cricket witnessed his talent for spin bowling, showcasing his abilities for team India.
2) Josh Inglis
Josh Inglis recently joined the list of cricketers who became World Champions before making their debut in a particular format. Australia emerged victorious in the World Test Championship final against India at the Oval, claiming the Test format’s World Champions title. Inglis was sent as a reserve wicket-keeper by Cricket Australia in case Alex Carey was not fit for the game.
However, Carey’s fitness allowed him to play, leaving Inglis waiting for his Test debut. Nevertheless, Inglis has been making a name for himself in the limited-overs format, having debuted in ODIs against Sri Lanka in 2022 and in T20s against India in the same year.
3) James Tredwell
James Tredwell made his international debut for England in a One Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in November 2006. Known for his accuracy and ability to restrict the flow of runs in the middle overs, Tredwell played 45 ODIs for England, taking 57 wickets at an average of 31.29. However, Tredwell had already tasted success as a T20 Champion before making his debut in English cricket.
England won the T20 World Cup in 2010, and Tredwell was part of their extras. It was only after two years, in 2012, that he made his debut in English cricket in a Test match against India in Pune.
4) Sunil Valson
Sunil Valson is best known for his participation in the historic 1983 Cricket World Cup. As a member of the Indian cricket team that won the tournament under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, Valson played a crucial role behind the scenes as a reserve player and a squad member.
Although he didn’t play any matches in the tournament, his inclusion in the playing XI during the World Cup was uncertain until the final match against the West Indies due to the team’s strategy and the pitch conditions. Despite his significant contribution, Valson never made his international debut.
5) Lawrence Rowe
Lawrence Rowe, a talented right-handed batsman who represented the West Indies, is regarded as one of the most stylish cricketers of his time. Known for his elegant stroke play and ability to score runs at a brisk pace, Rowe made his international debut for the West Indies in 1972, playing his first Test match against New Zealand. However, he became an ODI World Cup champion without even playing a single ball in the format. After the West Indies’ triumph in the 1975 World Cup, Rowe made his ODI debut but had already achieved the status of a champion.