Indian Cricket Team means both man’s and woman’s team but most of the people know man’s team but actually it is the combination of both. This content is primarily focused on man’s team but in the later part of this content, you will find something about Indian woman’s cricket team.
Do you know men in blue? Yes, team India is also known as Men in Blue. This team is controlled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) world richest sports organization. This Men in Blue team also got the international status of all the formats from ICC i.e. International Cricket Council.
India is the sixth ( 6th ) country who got international test status in 1932. That means India played its first test match in the year 1932 at Lord’s cricket ground. The first fifty years of international cricket is a kind of struggle phase for Indian cricket. Because for the first 20 years after India got its international status lost all the matches.
- Short Introduction Of Indian Team’s Success
- Jersey Colour
- Cricket grounds
When cricket was emerging in England and Australia, then India was busy for their independence. So in the starting phase of cricket, there was no cricket in India. But after 1900 it seems some domestic matches were played in India.
Then came the phase where India got its international test playing status. So the phase between 1932 to 1980s that means almost 50 years of getting international test status was very crucial. That phase was the struggle phase for the Indian team. They lose a lot of test matches they fought back and they lose.
So doing these things India got some outstanding players till the year 1975. 24th March 1952 is the memorable date for the Indian team because India was registered its first test win against England in Madras ( Today’s Chennai). Later in 1952 India won their first test series against Pakistan.
In 1967-1968 India manage to win its first series outside the subcontinent, against New-Zealand.
History after 1970
BEFORE ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL MATCHES:-
In 1970s India got some brilliant players. The bowling department handled by the Indian spin quartet – Bishen Bedi, E.A.S Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar and Srinivas Venkataraghavan. This period saw the emergence of India’s two finest batsman Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath.
Like all, you know Indian pitches are quite spin friendly so spin quartet is enough to destroy the opposition’s batting line up. Due to their tremendous performance, the Indian team would manage to win back to back series in 1971 against West Indies and England under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar. In that West Indies series, Gavaskar scored 774 runs. His contribution is pretty much responsible for that series victory.
AFTER ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL MATCHES:-
This is the period where One day International was going to be introduced and that was the beginning of the cricket world cup era.
During 1975s India found one of its all-time best all-rounder Mr Kapil Dev.
At the beginning of ODI cricket, Gavaskar was India’s captain and he was considered as the best batsman for team India.
He was famous for his defencing approach. So at that time, India has considered a weaker team in ODIs. For example in the first edition of cricket world cup i.e. in 1975, Gavaskar scored 36 not out of 174 balls against England. And Indian manage to score just 132 for 3 and lost by massive 202 runs.
During the period of 1979-1980, India put some effort into making attacking-minded batting line up. And Indian cricket board found some furious stroke makers like Mohammed Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar and two fine all-rounder Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri.
For their effort, India manages to an unexpected win in 1983 world cup tournament. They defeat two-time world champion the great west indies team in the final at Lords. All credit goes to the best bowling performance in that final match.
By seeing this victory lots of Indian’s big guns put bat and ball in their hand.
THE GOD’S ERA ( SACHIN TENDULKAR ERA)
When Kapil Dev was lifting the 1983 Prudential Cup, a boy got inspiration somewhere in the Mumbai. That 10-year-old led would go on to not only be India’s best player, but also the GOD of Cricket globally. This was Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Sachin made his Ranji Trophy debut in December 1988. He scored a century not out in his very first match. Sachin has scored centuries in all three domestic tournament debut – that is Ranji, Irani and Dullip trophies.
Sachin made his first ODI and Test debut against Pakisthan in 1989. He became the youngest player in debut in international format.
Tendulkar’s record is countless. He is the first player who scored a double century in an ODI format. Sachin is the only player who made 100 international centuries. He was the man of the tournament in 2003 world cup and the highest scorer in 1996 tournament. But he never found such success as a captain. However, he is the worlds best batsman that world cricket has ever produced.
SHORT INTRODUCTION OF INDIAN TEAM’S SUCCESS
India tasted its first Test victory in 1952. That is almost 20 years. At that time India was counted one of the weaker sides, this is because till 50 years ( I mean till 1982 ) India played 196 test matches and won only 35 i.e. won 35 matches out of 196 matches. However, India got some of the finest players till 1970 like Kapil dev, Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar and spin quartet etc.. But they still could not manage to maintain their winning track till 1982.
But after 21st century India did well in both home and overseas condition. India also won twice the world’s biggest cricket tournament i.e. cricket world cup. India won 1983’s Prudential world cup under the captaincy of the great Kapil dev and 2011’s ICC cricket world cup under the legacy of Captain coll Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
These two world cups are the biggest achievement for the Indian cricket team until today’s date.
India also won ICC champion’s trophy twice that is in 2002(Under Ganguly’s captaincy) and 2013 ( Under Dhoni’s Captaincy). And won a T20 world cup in the year 2007 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. So for these reasons MS Dhoni is known as the most successful captain for Indian Cricket Team. You can find Dhoni’s Era in the later part of
Indian cricket produces lots of outstanding player like Sunil Gavaskar, the spin quartet, Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumle, Vinod Kamle, Venkatesh Prasad, Debasish Mohanty, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh( who hit six sixes in an over), Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Virendra Sehwag, Goutam Gambhir etc.
The players who put India ahead in every format are Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( The captain cool, 2011 world cup, 2007 t20 world cup, 2013 champions trophy winning captain, Team India’s most successful captain), Virat Kohli ( The ton machine, the run machine and Indian cricket team’s captain who have the capability to break the great Sachin’s record). Rohit Sharma, Sikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Aswin, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh, Yuzi, Kuldeep Yadav. Etc..
Ravi Shastri the former Indian world cup winning player is the head coach, Sanjay Bangar former Indian player is the assistant coach, Vikram Rathore the batting coach of India, Ramakrishnan Sridhar fielding coach of India, Bharat Arun India’s Bowling coach.
The current BCCI president is Sourav Ganguly. The chief selector of Indian cricket team is Sunil Joshi the former Indian player. And this selection committee also has Devang Gandhi, Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Harvinder Singh.
In limited over format Indian cricket team wear a jersey which has primary colour is blue and printed some sponsors name board logo and they also wear blue trouser and blue caps.
In Test matches Indian cricket team wear a plain white jersey printed logos of BCCI and their sponsors. Also, they wear white trousers and white cap. In cold weather, they wear a white vest over that jersey.
Now India has worlds biggest ground. That is Motera Cricket ground Situated in Gujurat. Having Sit capacity of 1,10,000. The second-biggest Indian cricket ground is Eden Gardens situated in Kolkata having sit capacity of 67,000.
|3||Rajiv Gandhi International stadium||Hydrabad||55,000|
|4||Green field international stadium||Thiruvananthapuram||55,000|
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium
|6||Arun Jaitaly Stadium||Delhi||48,000|
|8||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||Bangalore||40,000|
|9||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium||Nagpur||40,000|
|11||JSCA international stadium||Ranchi||39,133|
|12||Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadiums||Visakhapatnam||36,000|
|13||M.A. Chidambaram Stadium||Chennai||33,000|
|15||Maharastra cricket association||Pune||33,000|
|16||Punjab cricket association IS Bindra stadium||Mohali||28,000|
|17||Saurastra cricket association stadium||Rajkot||28,000|
|18||Himachal Pradesh cricket association stadium||Dharamshala||28,000|
Indian cricket team’s records in all formats is emensively good.
India won two world cups in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and 2011 world cup under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Also, team, India won a T20 world cup and a champions trophy under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. And also in ICC test championship now team India is the table topper.
India is ranked no.3 in test no.2 in ODIs and no.3 in t20s as per Icc’s latest ranking update on May 2020. ( Source:- ICC )
In conclusion, Indian cricket team is one of the strongest team in the current time. They have two world trophies and one twenty20 world cup trophy.
As the colour of Ashok Chakra in Indian nation flag is dark blue, so Indian cricket team’s jersey were introduced in dark blue colour. Which is continuing till today’s date.
Yes, Indian cricket team wear the orange jersey in a world cup match against England in 2019.
The recent team sponsor of Indian team is BYJU’s, the kit sponsor for the team is Nike, the title sponsor for the matches played within India is Paytm and finally, the official broadcaster of matches played in India is Star Sports Network.
According to me MS Dhoni is by far the best captain of Indian cricket history.