For most of the cricket lovers , the name 'Germany' won't ring a bell. Football has been the popular game among Germans for decades. But surely, cricket is slowly growing in the European nation. Cricket is not altogether new to Germany. History tells that cricket was played in Germany from 1850s. The popularity of cricket in Germany declined drastically with the coming of Nazis. The first German cricket club was formed in Berlin way back in 1858. The cricket team from Worcestershire had toured Germany in 1937. The visiting team won all the three games against the host. Nazis were not particularly amused by the game of cricket and they found it less violent. Germany began to forget the game of cricket. As most of the Europeans, they too adopted Soccer as their favourite sport. German Cricket Federation was formed in 1988. They became an affiliate member of ICC in 1991, and later in 1999 they became an associate member. Germany made their international debut in 1989, when
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India has been blessed with many quality cricketers. But some of them failed to break into the national team. In this article 'Team Predictors' discuss about some of such players who missed out their opportunities to don the national cap. Some of them failed just because of presence of some big names in the Indian line up and others missed out because of offensive nature of selectors. Any way, we can have a look at some of those talented, but unfortunate cricketers. 1. Hari Gidwani The right hand middle order batsman started off his career with Delhi. After six years he shifted to Bihar team. Hari Gidwani, who was a gallant stroke player, performed consistently in domestic seasons and at times was too close for selection. But fate never allowed him to play for India. Gidwani made 6,805 runs from 119 first-class matches at an average of 42.53 with 15 centuries. Gidwani had scored centuries in 5 successive Ranji trophy matches during 1986-87 and 1988-89 season.