India National Cricket Team

Nickname: Men in Blue, Team India, The Blues
Test Status (Year): 1931
ICC Status: Full Member
ICC Joined (Year): 1926
Head Coach: Ravi Shastri
Test Cricket
Test Captain Virat Kohli
Test Kit Color
India - ICC Test Team Ranking 2 Matches: 25 Points: 2987 Rating: 119
ODI Cricket
ODI Captain Virat Kohli
ODI Kit Color
India - ICC ODI Team Ranking 4 Matches: 32 Points: 3624 Rating: 113
T20I Cricket
T20I Captain Virat Kohli
T20I Kit Color
India - ICC T20I Team Ranking 2 Matches: 2 Points: 7456 Rating: 266

India National Cricket Team: Current Squad

India National Cricket Team: Facts and Records

India is the only country in the world to win 60, 50 and 20-over World Cups.

In 2011, India became the first team to win the World Cup as hosts of the final match.

The only Indian Test cricketer to be knighted is The Maharajkumar of Vizianagram. He renounced his knighthood in 1947 after India gained independence.

Indian with most number of T20 international runs is Mithali Raj.

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar have been stumped out only once in their Test careers.

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India National Cricket Team

The year when cricket came to India is considered to be 1721. When the English sailors, who landed on the shore, first attracted the attention of the locals with an unusual game called “cricket”. Hundreds of years have passed since then, and the Indian cricket team is a worthy contender in the international arena. We tell you about the main achievements and star players of this team. 

India National Cricket Team - Man in Blue
India National Cricket Team – “Man in Blue”

India National Cricket Team: History and Achievements

 Now the team of this country is included in the ICC and participates in international tournaments at the highest level. The team’s nickname is “Men in Blue”, the players received it for the color of their uniforms.  

The Calcutta Cricket Club was founded in 1792 – it happened almost a hundred years after the creation of the world’s first cricket club – Marylebone Cricket Club. So India can rightfully be considered the cradle of this game. 

The Indians defeated the British for the first time on the cricket field in 1890, and a regular championship was established between the Parsis and the Europeans, which was named Presidency. In 1907, Hindus joined him, and a few years later, Muslims. Thanks to this tournament and other unofficial competitions, cricket became more and more popular in India. 

History and Achievements of India National Cricket Team
History and Achievements of India National Cricket Team

The Team India joined the ICC as an independent national team in 1928. 

  • the ICC Cricket World Cup. India has been participating in this competition since its inception. Twice “Men in Blue” were able to take the cup and reach the final in 1983 and 2011, and once more, in 2003.
  • the ICC T20 World Cup. The Indian cricket team won only 1 title in this tournament in 2007. The team lost to the Sri Lanka national team in the final of 2014.
  • the ICC Champions Trophy. Participation in this tournament has already brought the Indians 2 titles: they shared the victory with the Sri Lanka national team in 2002, and they won the title, leaving all rivals behind in 2013. In addition, the Indian national team played in the final twice in this tournament: in 2000 (the New Zealand team inflicted the loss) and in 2017 (the Pakistani national team prevented the first place from taking the first place).
  • the ACC Asia Cup. In this tournament, where only Asian countries have competed since 1984 (One Day and T20), India won 7 times (1984, 1988, 1990/91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018) and reached the final three more times (1997, 2004, 2008).

Tournament name Number of titles Years in which titles were won:

  • ICC Cricket World Cup (2): 1983, 2011;
  • ICC T20 World Cup (1): 2007;
  • ICC Champions Trophy (2): 2002, 2017 ;
  • ACC Asia Cup (7): 1984, 1988, 1990/91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018. 
2011 ICC World Cup - India National Cricket Team
2011 ICC World Cup – India National Cricket Team

India national cricket team squad 

“Men in Blue” is one of the strongest teams in the world of cricket, so it’s no surprise that many of the lines at the top of the ICC Player Ranking are occupied by players from this team. 

  • the Test Cricket. The second place in the Bowling Ranking is now occupied by Ravichandran Ashwin, a player of the Indian national team and the Delhi Capitals team. Ravindra Jadeja is in third place in the All Rounder Rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin is in fourth in the same ranking.
  • the ODI Cricket. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are ranked third and fourth in the Batting Ranking, respectively. Virat is also the team captain. Jasprit Bumrah is currently in fifth place in the Bowling Ranking.
  • the T20I. Virat Kohli earned the most points among Indian players in this event: he is in 5th place in the Batting Rankings.
Virat Kohli - Captain (Test, ODI, T20I) and Top-order batsman
Virat Kohli – Captain (Test, ODI, T20I) and Top-order batsman

Australia National Cricket Team: table of the management and players

Shirt Number Name Cricket Formats Notes
Batsmen
32 Virat Kohli TEST ODI T20I Captain (TEST, ODI, T20I), Contract grade with BCCI (А+)
34 Rohit Sharma ODI T20I Vice-Captain (ODI, T20I), Contract grade with BCCI (А+)
33 Ajinkya Rahane TEST Vice-Captain (TEST), Contract grade with BCCI (А)
30 Mayank Agarwal TEST ODI Contract grade with BCCI (B)
35 Shikhar Dhawan ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
24 Ruturaj Gaikwad T20I
22 Shubman Gill TEST ODI Contract grade with BCCI (C)
21 Devdutt Padikkal T20I
29 KL Rahul TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
21 Prithvi Shaw TEST ODI T20I
26 Shreyas Iyer ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
32 Manish Pandey ODI T20I
33 Cheteshwar Pujara TEST Contract grade with BCCI (A)
27 Nitish Rana ODI T20I
27 Hanuma Vihari TEST Contract grade with BCCI (C)
31 Suryakumar Yadav ODI T20I
Bowlers
27 Jasprit Bumrah TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A+)
29 Deepak Chahar ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
25 Prasidh Krishna ODI
31 Bhuvneshwar Kumar ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (B)
30 T. Natarajan TEST ODI T20I
28 Navdeep Saini TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
23 Chetan Sakariya ODI T20I
31 Mohammed Shami TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
33 Ishant Sharma TEST Contract grade with BCCI (A)
27 Mohammed Siraj TEST Contract grade with BCCI (C)
29 Shardul Thakur TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (B)
30 Sandeep Warrier T20I
33 Umesh Yadav TEST Contract grade with BCCI (B)
31 Yuzvendra Chahal ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
22 Rahul Chahar ODI T20I
30 Varun Chakravarthy T20I
32 Krishnappa Gowtham ODI
32 Shahbaz Nadeem TEST
26 Kuldeep Yadav TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
All-Rounders
35 Ravichandran Ashwin TEST Contract grade with BCCI (A)
32 Ravindra Jadeja TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
27 Hardik Pandya ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
30 Krunal Pandya ODI T20I
27 Axar Patel TEST T20I
21 Washington Sundar TEST T20I Contract grade with BCCI (C)
Wicket-Keepers
23 Ishan Kishan ODI T20I
23 Rishabh Pant TEST ODI T20I Contract grade with BCCI (A)
36 Wriddhiman Saha TEST Contract grade with BCCI (B)
26 Sanju Samson ODI T20I
Coaches
Ravi Shastri Head Coach
Girish Dongre Team manager
Vikram Rathour Batting coach
Bharat Arun Bowling coach
Ramakrishnan Sridhar Fielding coach
Selectors
Chetan Sharma Chairman
Abey Kuruvilla Member
Debashish Mohanty Member
Harvinder Singh Member
Sunil Joshi Member

The BCCI awards central contracts to its players, its pay graded according to the importance of the player. Players’ salaries are as follows:  Grade A+ – ₹7 crore (US$981,400.00); Grade A – ₹5 crore (US$701,000); Grade B – ₹3 crore (US$421,000); Grade C – ₹1 crore (US$140,000).

The India National Cricket Team is one of the strongest teams in the world, which is very interesting for fans to follow. We regularly publish cricket tips for betting, including for the “Men in Blue”.

India National Cricket Team: FAQ

Where is the India National Cricket Team in the ranking table?

As of September 2021, the Australia National Cricket Team occupies the following places: Test Cricket - 2rd place, ODI Cricket - 4rd place, T20I Cricket - 2th place.

In what year was the India National Cricket Team formed?

India was invited to The Imperial Cricket Council in 1926, and made their debut as a Test playing nation in England in 1932, led by CK Nayudu, who was considered the best Indian batsman at the time.

Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert

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