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India National Cricket Team

Indian National Cricket Team is the team that represents India in cricket. BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is the governing body of the India national cricket team. BCCI organizes all tours and matches of team India including domestic series.

India National Cricket Team is a member of the ICC with all three formats of cricket.

Nicknames of Indian National Cricket Team

The Indian National cricket team is commonly known as “Team India” and “Men in Blue.”

Captain of India National Cricket Team

Virat Kohli is the current captain of the India national cricket team for all three formats. Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the test team. And, Rohit Sharma is the vice-captain of the ODIs and T20Is.

Indian National Cricket Team Coaching Staff

Here is the list of India national cricket team coaches

Head Coach: Ravi Shastri (Former Indian cricketer)

Batting coach – Vikram Rathour (Former Indian cricketer)

Bowling coach – Bharat Arun (Former Indian cricketer)

Fielding coach – Ramakrishnan Sridhar (Former Indian cricketer)

Manager – Girish Dongre

Trainer – Luke Woodhouse

Physio – Nitin Patel

Indian national cricket Team Official Sponsors and Partners

Here is the complete list of  Team India national cricket team’s current official sponsors and partners

Official Broadcaster: Star Sports

Official Partners: Dream11, Hyundai, and LafargeHolcim

Team Sponsor: BYJU’s

Title Sponsor:   Paytm

Kit Sponsor: Nike

ICC Rankings of Indian national cricket team

  • Test Rankings: no. 1 position.
  • ODI Rankings: no. 2 position.
  • T20I Rankings: no. 4 position.

Indian National Cricket Team Roster

Catch every detail about India national cricket team Roster and players list. Here is the Current Indian National Cricket team Roster for all three formats

Name Age Role Batting Style Bowling Style Grade
Virat Kohli (C ) 33 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm medium A+
Ajinkya Rahane 33 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm medium A
Rohit Sharma 34 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break A+
Shikhar Dhawan 36 Batsman Left-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break A
Cheteshwar Pujara 34 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm leg break A
Hanuma Vihari 28 Batting Allrounder Right Handed Bat Right-arm off-break C
KL Rahul 30 WK-Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm medium A
Mayank Agarwal 31 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm off break B
Rishabh Pant 24 WK-Batsman Left-Handed Bat A
Shreyas Iyer 27 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm leg break C
Manish Pandey 32 Batsman Right-Handed Bat Right-arm medium C
Shubman Gil 22 Batsman Right-Handed Bat N/A
Karun Nair 30 Batsman Right-Handed Bat C
Prithvi Shaw 22 Batsman Right Handed Bat Right-arm off-break N/A
Batting All-rounders
Kedar Jadhav 36 Batting Allrounder Right-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break C
Krunal Pandya 30 Batting Allrounder Left-Handed Bat Left-arm orthodox N/A
Washington Sundar 22 Batting Allrounder Left-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break C
Shivam Dube 28 Batting Allrounder Left-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break B
Vijay Shankar 31 Batting Allrounder Right Handed Bat Right-arm medium N/A
Bowling All-rounder
Ravichandran Ashwin 33 Bowling Allrounder Right-Handed Bat Right-arm off-break A
Hardik Pandya 28 Bowling Allrounder Right-Handed Bat Right-arm fast medium B
Ravindra Jadeja 33 Bowling Allrounder Left-Handed Bat Left-arm orthodox A
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 32 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Right-arm fast medium A
Mohammed Shami 31 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Right-arm fast medium A
Jasprit Bumrah 28 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Right-arm fast medium A+
Umesh Yadav 34 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Right-arm fast B
Kuldeep Yadav 27 Bowler Left-Handed Bat Left-arm chinaman A
Yuzvendra Chahal 30 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Right-arm leg break B
Khaleel Ahmed 24 Bowler Right-Handed Bat Left-arm fast-medium C
Ishant Sharma 33 Bowler Right-handed Right-arm fast medium A
Axar Patel 27 Bowler Right-handed  Slow Left-arm orthodox N/A

Indian National Cricket Team Schedules

At Cricadium you will find team India cricket team’s upcoming matches, schedule, venue, match timings, timetable, etc. Here is the complete schedule of India National Cricket Team for the year 2020-21:-

Date Match Details Venue Time
England  tour of India, 2021
FRI, MAR 12 2021 India vs England, 1st T20I Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 7:00 PM
SUN, MAR 14 2021 India vs England, 2nd T20I Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 7:00 PM
TUE, MAR 16 2021 India vs England, 3rd T20I Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 7:00 PM
THU, MAR 18 2021 India vs England, 4th T20I Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 7:00 PM
SAT, MAR 20 2021 India vs England, 5th T20I Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 7:00 PM
TUE, MAR 23 2021 India vs England, 1st ODI Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune 7:30 PM
FRI, MAR 26 2021 India vs England, 2nd ODI Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune 7:30 PM
SUN, MAR 28 2021 India vs England, 3rd ODI Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune 7:30 PM
WED, AUG 04 2021 England vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:30 PM
THU, AUG 12 2021 England vs India, 2nd Test, Day 1 Lord’s, London 3:30 PM
WED, AUG 25 2021 England vs India, 3rd Test, Day 1 Headingley, Leeds 3:30 PM
THU, SEP 02 2021 England vs India, 4th Test, Day 1 Kennington Oval, London 3:30 PM
FRI, SEP 10 2021 England vs India, 5th Test, Day 1 Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 3:30 PM

Indian National Cricket Team in ICC Cricket World Cup

Team India in Prudential Cricket World Cup 1975

This was the first World Cup in the history of cricket. Indian team played the first-ever World Cup match against England at Lord’s and lost the match by a huge margin. Chasing 335 the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar scored 36 off 174 balls in 60 overs. His crawling attracted a number of critics. India’s next match was against East Africa. That team was combined of players from KenyaUgandaTanzania, and Northern Rhodesia. This was the only match India could win the first World Cup. It was memorable because it was India’s first ODI win as well. However, they were eliminated from the group stage after a loss against New Zealand in their final group league match.

Team India in Prudential Cricket World Cup 1979

India lost all three games to deliver another disappointing performance. This included a match against Sri Lanka as well who were still a non-Test playing nation. After giving close fights in all the matches India were out from the group stage.

Team India in Prudential Cricket World Cup 1983

A group of young, talented players under the captaincy of Kapil Dev did the unthinkable. This World Cup changed the entire scenario of cricket in India. It gave birth to a revamped Indian cricket that eventually went on to dominate cricket world.

India started off with a win against the West Indians, the defending champions.  Then they beat both Australia and Zimbabwe. The match against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells became the part of Indian cricket’s folklore where Kapil Dev led from the front with his astonishing 175. This saved India’s journey in the tournament. From a precarious 17/5, Kapil carried the innings to set 266/8 and in reply, Zimbabwe were all out for 235. Kapil also registered a five-wicket haul against Australia as India qualified for the semi-final for the first time. In the semi-final, India faced the host, England at Old Trafford. They convincingly chased down 217 to win the match by six wickets.

It was India’s first World Cup Final where they had to face two-times defending champions West Indies. But they could put up only 183. It was just a matter of time for India to lose the match but Kapil’s men wanted to fight till the last ball. Balwinder Sandhu gave them the perfect start which was followed by three wickets each from Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath. The catch Kapil took running behind of a rampaging Viv Richards was one of the most memorable moments of the Final. Entire bowling department showed their determination and skill as West Indies were sent back for just 140 runs in 52 overs. For his tremendous showcase, Amarnath was awarded the Man of the Match prize. As India bagged their maiden World Cup, maximum called it ‘luck by chance’. But it was the first roar of the Asian giants who were there to stay and dominate for a long.

Reliance Cricket World Cup 1987

This was the first time that the trophy was taken outside England. In fact, in 1987, the World Cup came to the sub-continent. India and Pakistan co-hosted the tournament and fan were eager to see their face-off in the finale. This World Cup also found a new sponsor in Reliance and the tournament also had its share of contribution to the Indian cricket scenario, in terms of marketing. India won five matches out of the seven. They had a mostly trouble-free entry into the semi-finals as their young players Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Maninder Singh were in good form. In their last group league match, pacer Chetan Sharma took World Cup’s first hat-trick and Sunil Gavaskar scored his maiden ODI hundred.

The semi-final was a repeat of 1983 with England on the other side. But it was England’s time to take revenge. Graham Gooch played a brilliant knock of 115 that took England to 254/6. Then English bowlers restricted India for 219 in front of the home crowd. Only Azharuddin could score a decent 64 from the Indian side as Eddie Hemmings (4/52) and Neil Foster (3/47) ran through the Indian line-up.

Team Indian in Benson & Hedges Cricket World Cup 1992

The first time the World Cup moved to Australia and New Zealand and India did not have a good outing as they were out from the group stage. This World Cup was a disaster for Mohammad Azharuddin’s India as hey could manage to win only two of eight matches and were out from the initial stage. The only positive outcome for India in this World Cup was Sachin Tendulkar. It was his first World Cup and he received his first Player of the Match award in the biggest stage of cricket in the match against Pakistan. Incidentally, this was also the first-ever India-Pakistan battle in the World Cup.

Team India in Wills Cricket World Cup 1996

The World Cup returned to sub-continent like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly held the tournament. India had another strong showing highlighted by their win over Pakistan in the quarter-final in Bangalore. Led by Azhar did better this time as they lost only to Australia and Sri Lanka in the group matches, the eventual finalists.  Tendulkar scored 523 runs in the tournament with an average of 87.16. His 137 against Sri Lanka was the 4th highest score in the tournament. He along with the skipper added 145 to register the 4th highest partnership in the tournament. However, the Indian campaign ended in a tragedy in the semi-final at the Eden Gardens as crowd disruption stopped the match with India nearing a loss.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 1999

There was not much hope from a relatively young squad. However, players like Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly delivered the goods and India made into the super-six stage after winning three matches out of the five they played. Sachin Tendulkar scored a magnificent 140* and dedicated the same to his father who had expired earlier in the tournament. Rahul Dravid contributed with an unbeaten century as well and Kenya lost the match 94 runs.  A thumping win over the defending champions Sri Lanka at Taunton thanks to a 318-run partnership between Ganguly (183) and Dravid (145) is till now India’s one of the most cherished memories from the World Cup. Their partnership of 318 is the fourth-highest ODI partnership for any wicket. But a crucial loss against Zimbabwe followed by a loss against Australia and New Zealand in super six made their way out of the tournament from the Super Six stage.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

One of the most cherished World Cups for Indian fans saw Sourav Ganguly leading the men in blue in a dream run. This team of young guns and experienced seniors won nine matches out of the 11 played by them. After an early shocker against Australia, India went on to win eight matches on the trot which included memorable wins against Pakistan (Tendulkar 98), England (Ashish Nehra 6/26), and Kenya in the semi-final (Ganguly 111). They managed to make it to the final stage after 20 long years.

In the Final, they faced a very strong Australian side and decision to field first backfired A calculated century from the skipper Ricky Ponting helped his team to put up a massive 359 runs. Chasing 360 runs was never an easy task and India started losing wickets from the beginning. There were some efforts from Virender Sehwag (87) and Rahul Dravid (47) but eventually, the journey ended in the 40th over with 234 runs on board. Sachin Tendulkar won the Player-of-the-Series award as the leading scorer- 673 runs in 11 matches. No matter how many World Cups India win in future, 2003 will remain close to the heart.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007

2007 World Cup in the Caribbean was one of the most disastrous World Cup campaigns for the Indian cricket team. Led by Rahul Dravid they lost to a young Bangladesh team in their opening match that surprised everyone. India has to win their two remaining games after the debacle. Despite a record-breaking performance against the minnows, Bermuda and winning by 257 runs they lost their third match against Sri Lanka. This ended their 2007 WC journey from the group stage after 1992. Post this Anil Kumble retired from the ODI format.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

India, under MS Dhoni once against gave the fans hope after the 2007 disaster. They moved on from the crisis, worked hard, and entered the 2011 World Cup as one of the favorites. Once again it was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. India started off with a big win over Bangladesh as Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a century on the World Cup debut. Then they lost a tight match to South Africa but played a thrilling tie against England. In the quarter-final, they gave a shocker to Australia to end their dream of winning the fourth consecutive World Cup. Then another brilliant showcase Pakistan in the semi-final took them to the Final.

The grand finale was staged between the two neighbors, India, and Sri Lanka on April 2 in Mumbai. Indians were charged up in front of the home audience. It was their chance to correct the mistakes of 2003. The match saw a classy ton from Mahela Jayawardene that initially set the momentum of the match. But for Indians, this was a do-or-die opportunity. During the chase, Gautam Gambhir scored a calculated 97, and later the skipper Dhoni (91*)  took the charge. He finished the match off in style with a six. Yuvraj Singh was on the money for India in the tournament. He was named the Man-of-the-Tournament as he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets. This was a special showcase as he was fighting with cancer during the tournament and the frame of a fatigue Yuvraj fighting for the team on the field in World Cup 2011 is still fresh in each Indian fan’s memory.  It took 28 years to finally get hold of the moment of glory under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. India won their second World Cup at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

India went to the 2015 World Cup Down Under as one of the strongest teams and displayed a thoroughly dominating performance in the group stage. They went on to win seven matches in a row that included a win over Pakistan at Adelaide followed by wins overall their group stage opponents including South Africa and West Indies.  A heated quarter-final saw Rohit Sharma scoring his first World Cup ton to secure a place in the semi-final by beating Bangladesh In the semi-final, once again Australia put up a big score; this time Steve Smith was the key player with a score of 105. India lost the match by 95 runs as nobody could play big innings. But the bowlers delivered well as they took all 70 wickets of the opponents in their first seven matches.

Team India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

With highly successful campaigns ahead of the World Cup 2019, the Indian cricket team, led by Virat Kohli was considered a favorite. The squad was regarded as one of the best Indian cricket has ever sent to the stage, with world-class batsmen and bowlers as a core.

India began its campaign with a win against South Africa at Southampton. Batting first, the South Africans struggled against the pace of Bumrah (10-1-35-2) and Chahal’s leg-spin (10-0-51-4) and were 80/4 at the initial stage. Thanks to an eighth-wicket partnership of 76 runs between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada South Africa could score 227/9. India chased down the target based on Rohit’s century (122 off 144 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes), who got notable support from Rahul (26 off 42 balls, 2 fours) and Dhoni (34 off 46 balls, 2 fours). India’s next match was against Australia at The Oval, London. India won a toss and scored a daunting 352/5. Dhawan was outstanding with a hundred (117 off 109 balls, 16 fours). Rohit (57 off 70 balls, 3 fours, 1 six), Kohli (82 off 77 balls, 4 fours, 1 six), Pandya (48 off 27 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes), and Dhoni (27 off 14 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) were other contributors. Australia, in reply, saw well-fought innings from David Warner, Steve Smith, and wicketkeeper Alex Carey but were bundled out for 316. However, Dhawan injured himself in the match and had to leave the tournament. He was replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. India’s next match was against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which was abandoned due to rain.

India’s fourth match was against the arch-rivals. The stage was set at Old Trafford, Manchester on 16 June. In a rain-affected fixture, Rohit went on to make a brilliant century (140 off 113 balls, 14 fours, 3 sixes), followed by half-centuries from Rahul (57 off 78 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) and Kohli (77 off 65 balls, 7 fours) saw Indians scoring 336/5. There was a 104-run second-wicket stand between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman but it was never enough to resist India’s bowling attack. Collective efforts from Pandya (8-0-44-2), Shankar (5.2-0-2-22), and Kuldeep (9-1-2-32) saw Pakistan managing to crawl to 166/6 in the 35th overs before the rain stooped a game for a while. The match was resumed and Pakistan’s target was reduced to 302. The Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method was followed and India won yet another World Cup match against Pakistan. India’s next two games were against Afghanistan and West Indies at Southampton and Old Trafford respectively. The match against Afghanistan turned out to be a close one which India managed to win by 11 runs. The match against the Windies saw India once again dominating the field throughout. The team won by a huge margin of 125 runs.

India’s first loss in the World Cup 2019 came against England. Bowling first, none of the Indian bowlers could justice to their reputation although Shami (10-1-5-72) registered a 5-wicket haul. England went on to post 337/7. On a tough pitch, Indians started to struggle from the beginning and despite Rohit’s third century of the tournament (102 off 109 balls, 15 fours) along with Kohli’s fifth-consecutive half-century (66 off 76 balls, 7 fours), India’s innings stopped at 306/5. The next match at the same venue saw a one-sided affair in favor of India against Bangladesh. Rohit’s fourth century in the tournament (104 off 92 balls, 7 fours, 5 sixes) and Rahul’s (77 off 92 balls, 6 fours, 1 six), the partnership of 180 runs for the first wicket, helped India put yet another 300-plus score on board. Chasing 315, Shakib Al Hasan tried to fight back with 66 but Bumrah (10-1-55-4) and Pandya (10-1-60-3) made the chase tougher. Eventually winning by 28 runs, India qualified for the semifinals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The last match for India’s round-robin stage was against Sri Lanka. It was an easy 7-wicket win over at Headingley, Leeds where Bumrah (10-2-37-3) once again attacked the opposition with his magical spells and Sri Lanka was restricted to a decent 264/7 in 50 overs. Rohit scored his fifth hundred on the tournament (103 from 94 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes) and Rahul joined him to this time (111 from 118 balls, 11 fours, 1 six). A record 189-run opening wicket partnership helped India win the match and top the round-robin stage with 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 no-result.

The unforgettable Semi-final with Kiwis

Indians looked settled and everyone expected them to beat the Kiwis in the semi-final. However, the match, spread over two days because of rain was a nightmare for Indian fans. It was a slow wicket and batting was a struggle. Batting first, New Zealand batsmen struggle to accelerate the run-rate. Half-centuries from Ross Taylor and captain Kane Williamson somehow managed to take the score to 239/8 in their 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar (10-1-3-43) was India’s standout bowler. India lost their top three an in-form batsman (Rohit, Rahul and Kohli) or just 1 run each and suddenly were 5/3 in the fourth over. Dhoni (50 from 72 balls, 1 four, 1 six) and Jadeja (77 from 59 balls, 4 fours, 4 sixes) put some effort and built a partnership of 116 runs for the seventh wicket. Indians had their last hope on the duo but they were dismissed in successive overs, the match was all over for India. India lost the match by 18 runs and the World Cup was over for them

Indian National Cricket Team Records

There are various records and achievements in the name of India national cricket team.

India national cricket team records in ICC Trophies

  • Team India won ICC cricket world cup two times in 1983, 60 overs world cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev  and in 2011, 50 overs world cup  under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • 2007: 20 overs world cup also known as ICC World Twenty20 or T20 world cup in the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  • In the year 2013, India national cricket team won the ICC Champions Trophy under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
  • Also, the Indian team was the joint champion of ICC Champions Trophy in the year 2002, along with Sri Lanka Team. And it was under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly.

Here is the list of some other records of India national cricket team

  1. Indian national cricket team is the only team to win the world cup in all over formats.
  2. Team India was the sixth team to be granted Test cricket status.
  3. After winning the 2011 CWC, India cricket team became the third team to win the World Cup more than once.
  4. India national cricket team is the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home.
  5. The Indian team scored 524/9 and declared against New Zealand at Kanpur in the year 1976. And none of the batsmen scored a century. Mohinder Amarnath scored 70 runs, and that was the highest score.
  6. India national cricket team won a Test against South Africa in the year 2015. And the team won 19 test matches after that.

India Cricket From 18th Century to Present

India Cricket From 1848 – 1930

Europeans introduced the game of cricket in India in the 18th century. The first Indian cricket club was in Kolkata. Then in 1848 Oriental Cricket Club was established by Parsis community in Mumbai.

Some Indian players went to play for the England team. The Britishers well admired some of them. Two of them were Ranjisinji and Duleepsinji. Two important tournaments Ranji Trophy and Duleep trophy are played after their names in India. Ranjisinji also referred to as the Father of cricket in India.

India Cricket From 1932 – 1935

Indian team played their first test in the year 1932 in England. And India got the test match status and became the sixth team to get test match status.

India hosted its first Test series in the year 1933. England was the visiting team that played 2 Tests in Bombay (now Mumbai) and Calcutta (now Kolkata). The visitors won the series 2-0.

India as an independent nation played its first test series against Australia Cricket Team. Initially, India was not able to perform well and did not win any test until 1951.

India Cricket From 1952 – 1970

Indian Team won their first test match after 24 tests. Team India won their first test match against England in Madras in the year 1952.  However, India started doing good in the home grounds but unable to manage in other countries.

Soon, India won their first test series against Pakistan team in the year 1952. The Indian team continued performing well in the test matches and won a series against New Zealand in the year 1956. But after that, they did not win any series for a decade. And lost all series against England and Australia. In the year 1960-61, there were two test series win for India. Firstly they won against England at home, after that, they won against New Zealand, this was the first series win outside the continent.

India Cricket From 1971 – 1985

In this era, the team had a strong bowling attack in the form of Bishen Singh Bedi, BS Chandrashekhar, and Srinivas Venkataraghvan. At the same period, Sunil Gavaskar was added in the team. The team India won a series against a very strong team of that time West Indies, under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar. Team India also won a series against England in 1971.

In the year 1978–79, Sunil Gavaskar was chosen as Test and ODI captain. Firstly, Indians did not perform well in the ODI cricket side too. Also, they did not perform well in the first two additions of the ICC cricket world cup. But at the same time, the test team was becoming stronger. Also, Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri were added to the team. As a result, the Indian batting line-up became stronger and attacking. And In the late 1980s, the team started performing well in the limited over formats too.

With this team, Indian won the ICC cricket world cup final against the West Indies in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. However, the squad became weaker in test matches in that duration. Also, the team still was not able to perform well in other countries.

India Cricket From 1985 – 1989

In the year 1985, India won the Asia cup. In addition to this, the team won the World championship of cricket. Also, Indian won a test series against England in the year 1986.  And after that, they did not win any series outside the country for the next 19 years. But the team was doing good at home ground. However, in the limited over side day by day they were becoming strong.

India Cricket From 1989 – 1995

In late 1989 the greatest batsman ever, Sachin Tendulkar joined the Indian National Cricket Team. Also, some big names of Indian cricket were added in the national side. Such as  Anil Kumble in the year 1990, Javagal Srinath in the year 1991, etc. Even with these big names, the Indian team was not able to perform well outside the subcontinent.

India Cricket From 1996 – 2000

Team Indian reached in the semifinals of the 1996 ICC Cricket world cup. In the same year, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid joined the team. Also later that year Sachin Tendulkar became captain of the team. But he did not prove to be a good captain. And Azharuddin again became the Indian captain. And finally, India won a test series against Australia in the home.

But in the World cup, 1999 Indian did not perform well. And could not make it to the semi-finals. Due to this, Sachin again became the Indian. And yet he did not justify the responsibility. And then in the year 2000, Sourav Ganguly was chosen as Indian captain. Also, Virendra Sehwag joined the team India in the same year.

India Cricket From 2000 – 2006

With the start of the year 2000, the worst time of Indian cricket has started. As Ajay Jadeja and Mohammed Azharuddin were involved in match-fixing. They were banned for five years and a lifetime respectively. And in the same year, the first time, a foreign coach John Wright was appointed as head coach. Also, Yuvraj Singh joined the national side. And India again won a series against Australia in the year 2001 in the home.

Similarly, from 2001 – 2003 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly Indian Team accomplished various milestones, especially in foreign lands. Such as, Team was the joint winner of the Champions trophy 2002. He led India to the finals of the 2003 Cricket world cup.

In the year 2004, Greg Chappell appointed as a coach. And the team was suffering from the player’s form. The views of the new coach and Captain Ganguly were miles apart which created a rift in the squad. Ganguly dropped from the side and removed from the captaincy. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina added to the team in the year 2005. In the year 2006, India played their first T20I against South Africa.

(The Dhoni ERA)

Indian Cricket From 2007 – 2011

Indian national cricket team was believed to be one of the strongest contenders of the CWC 2007. But It was opposite to the expectations. They did not even reach in the second round. As a result of this, Team India received immense criticism from fans.

Later that year, the inaugural T20I world cup held in South Africa. For that MS Dhoni was chosen to take command of the Indian team. As a result, the Indian national cricket team went to lift the T20I world cup. That was the official start of the MS Dhoni Era. During his captaincy, the Indian team achieved several remarkable achievements. Team Indian won the test series against South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia. As a result of this, the Indian team became no. 1 in ICC test rankings.  Virat Kohli added to the national side in the year 2008.

And finally, the most significant achievement Indian team won the ICC world cup on 2nd April 2011. And India became the third country to win the cricket world cup more than once.

Indian Cricket From 2012 – 2015

In the year 2012, India lost the series against England and Australia. And team India made a comeback in 2013 with a win of ICC Champions Trophy. Also, India got success worldwide, and this was also the rise of Virat Kohli.

In 2014, there were back-to-back disappointments for Team India. India did not reach the Asia cup final. Also lost in world T20I final.

But later in the same year, there were two series wins for India. As a result, India became no one team in ICC ODI rankings.

At the end of the year, 2014 MS Dhoni took sudden retirement from test cricket. As a result of this, team India lost the test series against Australia by 2-0. Afterward, Virat Kohli became the test captain.

But very soon the team started doing well under the new captain. And Virat Kohli got his first series win against Sri Lanka in 2015.

Also, India reached the semi-finals of the CWC 2015 and World T20 2016. MS Dhoni relinquished the captaincy post. And Virat Kohli became captain across all three formats. In short, now the future of the Indian National Cricket team was in the hands of Virat Kohli.

India Cricket From 2016 – 2017

The victory started in 2015 continued for the next continuous 19 test match wins. Also, the team India won in One day international over formats against Australia and Sri Lanka. Jaspreet Bumrah entered the team in 2016. Indian cricket team won the Asia cup 2016. But India lost ICC world T20I in the semifinals.

Then in the same year in 2016 Indian won a series against New Zealand. As a result, the India national cricket team shifted to the no. 1 test team in the ICC test rankings. In the England tour of India 2016-17, team India performed well. They won test series against England by 4-0, ODI by 2-1, and T20I by 2-1. Similarly, the Indian Team won the test series against Australia by 2-1 in 2017 and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Also, the Men in Blue won the test against Bangladesh in the same year.

India lost the ICC champions trophy in the finals against rivals Pakistan. But in the Windies tour, the team won the test and ODI series but lost the T20I match. Also in the same year, India toured Sri Lanka and won test series by 3-0.

India Cricket From 2018-2019

The year 2018 started with the South Africa tour. The Indian team lost the Test series but won the ODI and t20I series. Also, India won the tri-series of India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. In the same year, they won the solitary Test against Afghanistan and the T20I series against Ireland.

In India’s tour of England 2018, India won the T20I series by a margin of 2-1 but lost the Test series 4-1, and ODIs 2-1. After that in the same year, on 28 Sept 2018, India won the Asia Cup 2018. In October 2018, there was a Windies tour of India. India vanished the team windies by winning in all three formats. India won the Test series by 2-0, ODIs by 3-1, and T20Is by 3-0.

In the India tour of Australia 2018 -19, the T20I series was tied 1-1. And for the very first time in history, the Indian team won A Test series in Australia by 2-1. Retaining Border-Gavaskar Trophy and winning the test series in Australia is a significant achievement for Virat Kohli and its crew.

Indian Cricket From 2019-2020

India’s tour of Australia 2019

The tour began with 3-match T20I series followed by four Test matches and a 3-match 50-leg series. Australia won the first T20I match. The second game was abandoned after Australia’s innings due to rain. Then the visitors went on to win the final match by six wickets.

Indian cricket team continued their winning streak and won the first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar series. It was the first time that any Indian cricket team could manage to start the Test series with a win. The next match was won by Australia in Perth. Despite a fine century by Virat Kohli, Australia managed to level the series. India won the Boxing Day Test and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and Kohli equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as a captain. The final Test match was drawn in Sydney.

Indian cricket team won 3-match ODI series 2-1 to end their Australia tour with great memories. It was more exciting as India made a comeback in the second match after being defeated in the first one.

India’s tour of New Zealand 2019

Indian cricket team then traveled to Australia’s neighboring country, New Zealand. Two teams played five ODIs and three T20Is. Indian won the ODI series 4-1 with the first match resulting in DLS method due to rain. Indians won the next two games at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The fourth ODI was clinched by the hosts as the visitors completed the series on a winning note. The series saw Kedar Yadav playing his 50th ODI, Rohit Sharma playing his 200th ODI, and India’s new superstar Shubman Gill making his ODI debut.

The first T20I of the 3-match series saw a thumping win by the hosts at Wellington. After losing it by 80-odd runs, Indians made a comeback in the next one. The visiting team could complete the chase for the loss of three wickets only, thanks to a 50 from Rohit. The Indian opener also became the third batsman to hist 100 sixes in T20Is. India once again lost the final match and series as New Zealand won by four runs.

Australia’s tour of India 2019

It was now Australia’s turn to tour India and played two T20Is and five ODIs. The Australian team won both Twenty 20 International games and Glenn Maxwell became the first Aussie batsman to score three centuries in T20Is. Then India won the first two One Day matches to record 500 wins in ODIs only after Australia. Virat Kohli smashed to century and became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to record forty 100s in this format. He also crossed 9000 ODI runs and became the fastest player to do so.

However, things changed for the hosts immediately in the third ODI match. Australia won it by 32 runs. Australia leveled the series in the fourth ODI by claiming a 4-wicket win in a high-scoring match. The last match was eventually a decider. Sadly, for the hosts, the visitors quite comfortably won the fifth match at Delhi by 35 runs.

India in World Cup 2019

Indian cricket team for World Cup 2019 was one of the favorites of the tournament. They began their campaign with a win against South Africa at Southampton and the journey seemed smooth initially. India’s next match was against Australia at The Oval, London. India won the match but Shikhar Dhawan had to leave the tournament due to injury. India’s next match was against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which was abandoned due to rain.

India’s fourth match was against the arch-rivals. And yet again, India won against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester on 16 June to maintain their fine record against the neighbors in the showpiece tournament. India’s next two games were against Afghanistan and West Indies at Southampton and Old Trafford respectively. After a close encounter against Afghanistan, the Indian cricket team registered a dominating win against the Windies.
India’s first loss in the World Cup 2019 came against the hosts, England. However, their next match against Bangladesh was a one-sided affair Eventually winning by 28 runs in this match, India qualified for the semifinals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The last match for India’s round-robin stage was against Sri Lanka and it was an easy win at Headingley, Leeds.

Although the Indian cricket team was expected to reach the finale by beating the Kiwis in the semi-final, things did not go well for India. The rain-interrupted match was spread over two days. Despite well-fought innings from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni, Indians failed to chase down 240 runs and had to leave the tournament.

India’s tour of West Indies and USA 2019

Indian cricket team toured to West Indies and the USA in August and September 2019. They played three T20I matches and India won all of them. India won the first low-scoring T20I game by four wickets. In the second match, a revised target was set for the visitors due to low lighting and they completed the victory by 22 runs. The final encounter was at Guyana and the Indian team had a convincing win by seven wickets. Due to rain, the first ODI ended with no result. The next two matches were played at Port of Spain and India won both. Both rain-curtailed matches followed D/L method. Kohli scored two consecutive centuries in the last two One Day matches.

India and West Indies played two Test matches which were part of ICC’s World Test Championship. Ajinkya Rahane was in brilliant form and batted well to help India win both matches. The First Test match was played at Antigua which India won by 318 runs. In the second Test match at Kingston, Bumrah became the only third Indian to record a Test hat-trick. India won the match and secured 60 points in the WTC.

South Africa’s tour of India 2019

India’s next home assignment was against the Proteas. The tour started with an abandoned T20I. once the first match of the 3-match T20I series was washed out, the pressure was on both teams to do well with limited opportunities. Indians won the second match by seven wickets and the hosts had to win the third game to win the series. But the visitors had other plans; they completed a fine victory by nine wickets in the deciding match. The series ended at 1-1.

Two teams played a 3-match Test series next and it was a whitewash for Indians. The hosts won the first game by 203 runs as Ravindra Jadeja took his 200th Test wicket. The second game was even better for India as the team snatched an innings and 137-run victory over the visiting side. India regained the Freedom Trophy and celebrated it with another thumping win in the last match. Indians won the final Test match of the series by an innings and 202 runs and Rohit Sharma scored his first Test 200.

Bangladesh’s tour of India 2019

Bangladesh came to India and played three T20Is and two Tests. In first T20I, at Delhi, Bangladesh sealed their first win in this format against India. They won by seven wickets and take 1-0 lead in the series. In the second game, in a close face-off, Indians registered an 8-wicket victory. The final match saw the visitors having the last laugh; they won the match by 30 runs and the series 2-1.

The first Test match at Indore was a cakewalk for the hosts. They won by an innings and 130 runs, thanks to the brilliant Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Shami. The second Test match at Eden Gardens was a pink-ball game, the first for both teams at the international level. Indian placers took 19 wickets, the most by them in a home Test, and secured a win for India in the D/N Test. Interestingly, this was the first time that no spinner could take a wicket in a Test match for India.

List of Popular Indian Cricketers

Here is a list of some popular players of India national cricket team of all time

Player Name Tenure Known for
Mohinder Amarnath 1969-1989 Outstanding performance in 1983 CWC
Kapil Dev 1978-1994 CWC 1983 Winning Captain and one of the best all-rounder in the history of team India.
Sunil Gavaskar 1971-1987 The first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.
Mohammad Azharuddin 1984-2000 Captain of the Indian team during the 1990s
Dilip Vengsarkar 1976-1992 Vengsarkar had scored 3 Test centuries at Lord’s, which is most by any visiting batsman at the venue in Tests.
Ravi Shastri 1981-1992 Aggressive style and Outstanding performance in 1983 CWC
Sachin Tendulkar 1989-2013 He was known as the greatest batsman in the history of cricket after Sir Don Bradman.
V. V. S. Laxman 1996-2012 He was the aggressive middle-order batsman who helped Indian team in winning crucial matches, mainly in Test cricket
Anil Kumble 1990-2008 He took all 10 wickets of the opposition in an innings in Test cricket
Javagal Srinath 1991-2003 First Indian fast bowler to take more than 300 wickets in ODIs
Ajay Jadeja 1992-2000 One of the finest middle-order batsman of India team
Sourav Ganguly 1992-2008 The way the world sees the Indian team was changed under his captaincy and Indian team won many overseas series
Rahul Dravid 1996-2012 One of the greatest Indian team Test cricketer who was very disciplined and hard-working.
Virender Sehwag 2001-2013 A destructive batsman of the Indian team and he holds the record for the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319)
Mohammad Kaif 2000-2006 One of the best fielder of the Indian team
Gautam Gambhir 2003-2018 His knock of 75 runs and 97 runs helped team India in winning 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 CWC.

Present Popular Players of Team India

Player Name Tenure Known for
MS Dhoni 2004-present Indian team won 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 CWC and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his Captaincy
Suresh Raina 2005-present First Indian to score a century in all three formats and a destructive T20I batsman.
Rohit Sharma 2007-present He is the Vice-Captain of the Indian team in ODIs and T20Is.
Jasprit Bumrah 2002-present He is currently ranked as the no. 1 bowlers in ODI cricket.
Virat Kohli 2008–present He is the Captain of the current Indian team across all three formats of the game and holds many Batting records.
Shikhar Dhawan 2010–present He is the opening batsman for the Indian team and is the player to get 2 consecutive golden bats at ICC Champions Trophy.
Ravichandran Ashwin 2010–present He is recognized as the best spinner after Anil Kumble for the Indian team and he holds many records in bowling in Test for India.
Yuzvendra Chahal 2016–present He is the first bowler for India to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is and is known for breaking the partnership in the limited-overs cricket.
Kuldeep Yadav 2017–present He is known for his chinaman bowling skill and is only the third chinaman bowler in Test cricket to take four wickets on debut.

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