India National Cricket Team

India National Cricket Team

The India National Cricket Team, a powerhouse on the global stage today, kicked off its journey in the world of cricket with a Test debut in 1932. Cricket reached India via European merchants in the 18th century, with the first cricket club established in 1792. It took nearly 20 years from their debut for India to savor its first Test victory in 1952. The initial fifty years were rough, with only 35 wins out of 196 Test matches, but the 1970s saw a surge in strength with cricketing legends like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and the Indian spin quartet.

The narrative of Indian cricket includes notable contributions from Maharaja of Patiala, a patron of the sport, who even led a team to England before independence. The 1960s marked an era of home domination with significant series wins, setting the stage for future glories. Sunil Gavaskar’s debut in the early ’70s heralded a period of dominance that saw India defeating the West Indies and England, signaling the rise of a cricketing force. The 1980s and ’90s further cemented India’s reputation with the emergence of cricketing greats like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, and Kumble.

Team Records

The team played in tests, ODIs, and T20s, a record for which is explained below.

  • The Indian team played a total of 572 test matches. India won 173 games and lost 176 matches. The draw matches were 222, and one match was tied. The total win percentage is 30.24.
  • India played a total of 1049 ODI matches. India won 555 and lost 441. The tied ODI number is 9, and 44 has no results. The win percentage for team India is 52.90.
  • The Indian team played 209 T20 matches so far. They won 134 and lost 66 games. Four games were tied, and 7 had no results. The total win percentage for team India is 65.07.

Performance in ICC Events

The Indian team has been a dominant force in the ICC Tournaments. The team is currently thriving in the ICC World Cup 2023. However, here is a history of the team in previous ICC tournaments.

·         In the ICC Cricket World Cup, their journey has seen them as champions twice in 1983 and 2011, runners-up once in 2003, and reaching the semi-finals several times.

·         The Champions Trophy saw them as co-champions in 2002, champions in 2013, and runners-up in 2000 and 2017.

·         In the T20 World Cup, India started strongly as champions in the inaugural event in 2007 and has since made it to the semi-finals and runner-up positions.

·         In the newer ICC World Test Championship, India has been the runner-up in the 2019-2021 and 2023 finals.

Key Players

The Indian team has seen many outstanding players in its history. The famous players’ list includes Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Muhammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

  • Sachin Tendulkar, known as the “God Of Cricket,” holds enviable records such as being the only player to score one hundred international centuries and the first to score a double century in an ODI. He is the highest run-scorer in World Cricket, with 34357 runs in all formats.
  • Virat Kohli recently leveled the most hundred record of Tendulkar in ODI and is the 2nd highest run-getter of India with 26310 runs in all formats.
  • Anil Kumble took the most wickets for India, which is 953. Ravichandran Ashwin is behind him with 717 wickets.
  • MS Dhoni is the most successful Captain of India, who won all ICC Trophies. Kapil Dev was another Captain who won the 1983 World Cup.