Also known as the Men in Blue or the Team India, the Indian National Cricket Team is the team that belongs to India and is a full member of the International Cricket Council. It has participated and has Test, One Day International, and Twenty20 International status.
In its first fifty years of international cricket, India was beginning to be one of the weaker teams. The Indian National Cricket Team is original much stronger at home than abroad, but this has changed since the start of the 21st century with India winning matches over Australia, England, and South Africa, abroad. The team has won the world cup twice and is the third team after West Indies and Australia to have won the title more than once. It has also won some other major tournaments under the captaincy of M.S. Dhoni, like Twenty20 and Champion’s Trophy.
India is ranked first in Test Matches, while second for ODIs and T20Is by the ICC. The current captains across all platforms and formats are Virat Kohli with the head coach being Ravi Shastri. Indian National Cricket Team does have a lot of rivalries across other cricket playing nations, notably with Pakistan for a long time. Feuds and rivalries with Australia and England are also seen often.
A little bit of history – This sport was introduced to India during the 18th century by the European merchants wherein the first cricket club was introduced and established in Calcutta in 1792. India played its first test match in 1932, at Lord's and became the sixth team overall to gain test cricket status. India won its first test match victory rough after 20 years it was established, in 1952. The team, however, grew and skyrocketed to break many records, as a team and by the individual players. Players like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, were amazing batsmen and all-rounders who took the team to soar heights.
Sponsors – Since the reign of Indian cricket and the uplifting respect of this game in India, a lot of sponsors have helped the Indian National Cricket Team. The history of sponsors are:
· ITC Limited from 1993 to 2002
· Sahara India from 2002 to 2013
· Star India from 2014 to 2017
· Currently, OPPO is the sponsor from 2017 to 2022
· The kit is currently sponsored by Nike until 2020, the right of which was taken by Nike from BCCI in 2005.
· Paytm sponsors the matches played by India within India from 2015 to 2019.
· Official Broadcaster for India is Star Sports Network.
Here is the list of players currently playing in their respective positions in the Indian National Cricket Team as of 2019:
1. Virat Kohli (Batsman)
He is currently the captain of the Indian national cricket team in all formats and is a right-handed batsman, He is said and regarded to be one of the best batsmen around the world and plays for the Royal Challenger's Bangalore during the IPL as the captain of the team since 2013.
2. Rohit Sharma (Batsman)
An Indian international cricketer, who is the vice-captain for the Indian team in the format of the limited overs. He is primarily a right-handed batsman, but he was also occasionally known for off break bowling. He captains Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
3. Shikhar Dhawan (Batsman)
Shikhar Dhawan is known for as the left-handed opening batsman for the Indian National Cricket Team. He played for Delhi Capitals in the IPL and Delhi in domestic cricket, also known for right arm off break bowling. He was in the Under 19 and Under 17 teams before making it to his debut in Delhi.
4. Kedar Jadhav (Batsman)
His full name being Kedar Mahadev Jadhav, he is an Indian cricketer who plays for Maharashtra in domestic cricket. For the Indian National Cricket Team, he is an all-rounder in right-handed batting and occasionally is also known for wicket keeping or bowling. He plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but previously has played for other teams as well.
5. Jasprit Bumrah (Bowler)
An Indian cricket player who plays for India in all formats of the game, Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah, is primarily known for his fast bowling that reach the speeds of up to 140-145 km/hr., making him one of the fastest bowlers in India. He is also an expert in bowling inswinging Yorker deliveries.
6. Mohammed Shami (Bowler)
He is an Indian cricketer who plays for and represents Bengal in domestic cricket. He is again primarily known for his amazing bowling, which is a right arm fast medium swing and seam that generally goes up to 85 mph. He is a very capable and one of the best deceptive fast bowlers for India and known for his expertise in the reverse swing.
7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Bowler)
His full name is Bhuvneshwar Kumar Singh, and he primarily is a right arm medium fast bowler who plays for India in all formats of the game. Domestically he plays for Uttar Pradesh, and in the IPL he plays for Sunrise Hyderabad. His inswings are more effective than his outswings but have his expertise in creating a late swing.
8. Kuldeep Yadav (Bowler)
Again, an Indian cricketer who plays for India in all formats, but domestically plays for Utter Pradesh, and also for Kolkata Night Riders during the IPL. He started as a fast bowler but then going by the coach's advice changed to a left-arm chinaman bowler, which is rare. He is the second Indian after Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has taken 5 wicket hauls in all the formats of the game.
9. Hardik Pandya (All-Rounder)
He is the younger brother of Krunal Pandya, who plays domestically for Baroda and in Mumbai Indians for the IPL. His full name is Hardik Himanshu Pandya, who is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls as well. He is also known for making lewd and controversial comments that met with public backlash.
10. Ravindra Jadeja (All-Rounder)
He is an Indian international cricketer whose full name is, Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja, and is known for being an all-rounder, who plays as a left-handed middle-order batsman, and a slow left-arm bowler, which is an old and orthodox method. He plays for the Chennai Super Kings during the IPL and Saurashtra domestically.
11. Vijay Shankar (All-Rounder)
Domestically he plays for and represents Tamil Nadu in the Indian team. He is also an all-rounder known for his right-handed batting and right arm medium pace bowling. He played one match for Chennai Super Kings and four for Sunrise Hyderabad in the IPL. He was named as a member in India's squad in 2019, for the World Cup.
12. MS Dhoni (Batsman & Wicket Keeper)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain of the Indian National Cricket team for the format of limited overs for 9 years and then for test cricket after that. India also won Twenty20I, World Cup and also Champions Trophy under his captaincy. He is also regarded to be one of the best wicketkeepers around the globe and a very good finisher. He has also won the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
13. K.L. Rahul (Wicket Keeper)
Kannur Lokesh Rahul, or commonly known as K.L. Rahul is a top order batsman and a very good occasional wicketkeeper and plays for India internationally. Domestically he plays for Karnataka, and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
14. Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper)
Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik, used to be a batsman in his career back when he was young, but then shifted to wicket keeping to improve and build upon his prospects. He made his debut on the team since 2004 and has been playing since then.