India National Cricket Team (Men's)
|Full Name||India National Cricket Team|
|Nick Name||Men in Blue|
|Head Coach||Rahul Dravid|
|Captains||Rohit Sharma (ODI, T20I), Virat Kohli (Test)|
CURRENT INDIA CRICKET TEAM
CURRENT SUPPORT STAFF
Here’s the list of the coaching staff of the Indian National Cricket Team:
|Head Coach||Rahul Dravid|
|Batting Coach||Vikram Rathour|
|Bowling Coach||Bharat Arun|
|Fielding Coach||Ramakrishnan Sridhar|
India National Cricket Team
Indian National Cricket Team is one of the most popular teams in world cricket. It is a full member nation in International Cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India looks after the cricketing activities of the Indian Team. Cricket in Indian was introduced by the Britishers back in the 18th century. The first Cricket Club was India was established in 1792. In the year 1932, India played its first Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
With that, the Men in Blue became the sixth team to get the Test match status. For the first 20 years, India couldn’t win a single Test match. In the initial years of cricket in India, they couldn’t pose threat to the opposition and could only win 35 out of the 196 Test matches.
India, though gradually became a force in International Cricket in the late 90s. The 1983 ICC World Cup saw Indian winning their first-ever World Cup title. Under the leadership of Kapil Dev, India beat West Indies to win the perennial title.
India is the third nation after Australia and West Indies to have won the ICC World Cup title twice. MS Dhoni-led India won their second ICC 2011 World Cup.
LIST OF CAPTAINS
As many as three men have captained Indian National Cricket Team in India’s Test match history. Of these, only 6 captains have led the side for more than 25 Test Matches. CK Nayudu was the first-ever captain of India’s National Cricket Team. He led the side in India’s first Test match in 1932 at Lord’s. Besides, he has also captained India in India’s first three-match home series in 1933-34.
India’s fourth captain, Lala Amarnath led the Indian side in its first Test victory after independence. Lala Amarnath was India’s first captain to led India to its first-ever Test match victory and first Test series victory. From 1952 until 1961–62, India had a number of captains such as Vijay Hazare, Polly Umrigar, and Nari Contractor to name a few.
India played the first ICC 1975 World Cup under the leadership of Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan. He led India to its first ODI victory against East Africa in the same tournament. Between the period of 1975 and 1979, Bishan Singh Bedi led Indian National Cricket Team in 22 Tests and 4 ODIs.
Legendary Indian player, Sunil Gavaskar then took the leadership duties in 47 Test Matches and 14 ODIs before it was succeeded by Word Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev in the 1980s. The latter turned the fortunes of Indian Cricket as he led the Indian National Cricket Team to ICC 1983 World Cup title after beating West Indies in the final. He led Team India in 74 ODIs and 34 Tests. Under his leadership, India won the first-ever series (2-0) against England in England.
After some brief changes in captains, India found a wonderful skipper in Mohammad Azharrudin in 1989. He led Indian National Cricket Team in 47 Tests and 174 ODIs. He captained Team India between 1989 and 1999 before Sachin Tendulkar took over the captaincy duties. The little master led India in 25 Tests and 73 ODIs.
In early 2000, Sourav Ganguly became the regular captain of the Indian National Cricket Team. Under his leadership, India became a formidable side in World Cricket. Sourav Ganguly-led side had the ability to not only win at home but also away tours. Ganguly led India to the final of the ICC 2003 World Cup. During his reign, India also became the joint-winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy along with Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, India lost only three Tests and home and managed to draw the Test Series in Australia and England. Rahul Dravid became the captain of India for a brief period before it was taken over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned the fortunes of Indian Cricket from the first tournament he led the Indian National Cricket Team. He led India to the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa. He also led India to win their second ICC World Cup title in 2011 after beating Sri Lanka in 2011. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain in the history of World Cricket to have won all ICC trophies.
Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India held the number one position in ICC Tests ranking for 21 months between November 2009 and November 2011. However, the team performed poorly in away Tests from 2011 to 2014 and Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014, with Virat Kohli being named as the new Test captain. Dhoni resigned as captain of the ODI and T20 teams in January 2017 and Kohli succeeded him at the position.
Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the best skippers in Test. He led India to 19 consecutive wins in Test Cricket. As of now, Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test Captain with a winning percentage of 61%. Though, he has still a long way to go when it comes to white-ball Cricket. Virat Kohli has still not led India to an ICC trophy.
Rohit Has been vice captain of Virat Kohli in Test format for a while and now has been newly promoted to ODI and T20 captaincy role
Here’s the list of all the captain of the Indian National Cricket Team:
|Nawab of Pataudi||1962-75||40|
|Nawab of Pataudi Sr||1946-46||3|
Most Successful Captains
India has produced some legendary captains over the years. Here’s a look at the 5 most successful captains India has produced over the years.
Mansoor Ali Khan: Mansoor Ali Khan is the youngest to have led the Indian Cricket Team. He took up the captaincy duties at just 21 years and 77 days. He was a great batsman and a person with inspirational qualities. Unfortunately, his career got short-lived due to a tragic accident that lost his one eye. In his international career, he scored 1216 runs at an average of 55. He led India to its first-ever overseas series victory after winning against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli: If there’s one player which can be termed as a modern-day cricketing legend, It’s Virat Kohli who has made almost every cricket lover his fan with some memorable Cricketing performances. His big list of records includes the fastest ODI century by an Indian, the fastest batsman to score 5000 runs in ODIs along the fastest man to score 10 ODI centuries. He is currently holding the top spots in both ODI and test matches and one of the only players to be expected to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs and centuries.
Kapil Dev: The Man who led India to its first-ever World Cup title in 1983, Kapil Dev needs no introduction. Kapil Dev is hailed as one of the most successful captains in Indian Cricket Team history.
Mohammad Azharuddin: Mohammad Azharuddin is hailed as one of the most successful captains India has ever had. He made a significant contribution to Indian Cricket not only with the bat but also with his captaincy. He led the Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals. He led the team to victory in 90 ODIs, the highest until surpassed by M.S.
Sourav Ganguly: Sourav Ganguly was amongst India’s best captains till date and it has been widely said that the team and players which brought the World cup glory home to India were nurtured under his captaincy only. Being famous as an aggressive captain, Ganguly was also the second most run-getter for India in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar.
MS Dhoni: MS Dhoni is regarded as the most successful captain in Indian Cricket history. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has led India to all ICC titles. Under his leadership, India won the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, 2011 ICC World Cup, and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Overall, he has led India in 200 ODIs, 60 Tests, and 72 T20s. Dhoni is also the only captain to have led in 50-plus internationals in each of the three formats of the game.
Indian Team Records & Stats
# Test Cricket Records: India has played 560 Test matches in its cricketing history, winning 166 and losing 173 games. As many as 220 games ended in a draw and 1 tie for an overall winning percentage of 29.64
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most number of runs by an Indian batsman in Test Cricket. He has scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78.
Anil Kumble holds the record for picking the most number of wickets by any Indian bowler in Test Cricket. He has picked 619 wickets at an average of 29.65.
# ODI Cricket: India has played 1002 ODI matches in his ODI cricketing history. Of these, they have proved victorious in 521 matches and lost 431 games and 9 ties for an overall winning percentage of 54.68
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in ODI cricket. He has scored 18426 runs at an average of 44.83.
Anil Kumble holds the record for picking the most wickets in Test Cricket. He picked 334 wickets at an average of 30.83.
# T20 Internationals: Indian has so far played 153 T20 internationals Matches. They have managed to win 95 games and lost 51 matches and 3 ties with overall winning percentage of 64.76
Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in T20 cricket. He has 3296 runs at an average of 51.50.
Jasprit Bumrah has most wickets for India in T20 internationals. He has 66 wickets to his name at an average of 19.54
Similar Cricket Teams
- Bangladesh National Cricket Team
- West Indies National Cricket Team
- England National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team History
A number of Historical facts quote that Cricket was First Brought on Indian Soil by some European Merchants in the early 18th century and First Indian Cricket Club Came into Existence at that time only in the city of Kolkata. India, as a country was mostly dominated by the British rule for the next century and It, was by the year 1932 only that India became the Sixth country to get the Test match Status and played their First match against the English Cricket team at the “Mecca of Cricket”, Lords.
The Journey for Indian Cricket was not a “Joy Ride” at all and for the next few decades, the Indian team gets to face defeats in almost every match they played and it was by the year 1952, when Team India tasted their first-ever victory in the international Cricketing arena by defeating England cricket team at the Madras cricket club in 1952.
India National Cricket Team was largely considered as a weak team in the first few decades of its Introduction to the Cricketing world. While it had to wait until 1952 for its first win in International Cricket, Indian Cricket gets to see its rise in the Global Cricketing arena after that famous World cup victory in 1983 in England when India Defeated the Mighty West Indies in the World cup final under the captaincy of famous All-rounder Kapil Dev never looked back ever since then and went on to defeat almost every cricket team in the world while having some of the biggest Global Cricketing stars like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Vishwanath, and many others.
If we have to name one cricketer out of the whole Indian cricket roster till now who has made everyone going gaga about his outstanding performances in World Cricket, It has to be India’s Cricketing God, Sachin Tendulkar. There’s hardly anyone in this country who isn’t familiar with those “Saaachin…Saachin” chants in the stadium and even Sachin hasn’t disappointed his fans during the course of his Cricketing career over a period of more than 20 years.
Making his Debut against Pakistan in 1989 in the tender age of 16 years and 205 days, this Cricketing legend made every Cricket lover across this planet while scoring the most runs in both ODIs and Test matches along with a Unique record of 100 centuries. Even the Cricket Legend Sir Don Bradman met him at his place and told him that his batting makes him remember his own days in World Cricket.
While the India National Cricket team was doing a tremendous job while having Sachin and other great Cricketers like Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble on board, It was still not being able to secure any major victory against the Global Cricketing powers like Australia and England. The Country was still craving for the memorable victory at Lords in 1983 but while they almost came near to another World cup glory, India Lost to Australia in World cup 2003 final under the Captaincy of Saurav Ganguly.
It was then when the member of the BCCI’s Selection committee decided to bring some young blood on board to handle Team India’s Captaincy and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded the same Responsibility. The ploy paid off and it was Dhoni along with a young bunch of Indian Cricketers who won the inaugural T20 Cricket World cup in 2007 by defeating the Arch rivals Pakistan in a Nail-biting finish and made all the Indian Cricketing fans jump in glory.
It wasn’t it as India also secured a No.1 spot in the ICC test rankings in the year 2011 along with another ODI World cup glory after 28 years under Dhoni’s Captaincy only.