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Dhawan's shocking pair and Pujara's scores of 1 and 23 have blown open the debate regarding India's top three for the first Test against England. Captain Kohli has used the terms 'horses for courses' and 'current form' while selecting the playing XIs in the past. While his ways have surely lacked consistency and left much to be desired, Kohli along with Shastri will need to make some tough calls while framing the batting unit for the start of the series.

One of India's best overseas batsmen over the past few years, Vijay holds the key as the visitors look to negate the dreaded new ball. KL Rahul might just pip Shikhar Dhawan for the second opener's slot due to current form.

Virat Kohli had shockingly included Rohit Sharma ahead of Ajinkya Rahane during the Test series in South Africa sighting 'current form', and one expects him to stick to that logic come the first Test against England. However, both Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are also big on 'impact players'. Dhawan is, perhaps, the only top-order batsman in India's squad who can turn the match on its head in a single session. His back-to-back ducks against Essex and general inefficiency against the moving ball, though, have to be given due importance.

Dropping Rahul, who's in the form of his life, for Dhawan will be a massive call on the team management's part. India's 'Test specialist' might just hold on to his beloved No. Cheteshwar Pujara has spent many months plying his trade in England's County Championship, but form eluded him and his poor showing against Essex has put him in a spot. In , India toured Bangladesh and England.

This series included a famous win for the Indian team in the first match of the series at Lord's. India failed to reach the final of the Asia Cup yet again in This tournament saw the rise of Virat Kohli as one of the best limited overs batsmen in world cricket, as he was adjudged the man of the series. India toured Australia towards the end of for a 4-match Test series, which is remembered for MS Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket after the end of the second Test.

Virat Kohli was appointed as the captain of Team India in Test matches but he was unable to turn the series around and India lost 2—0. Kohli's first series win as captain came away from home in a 3-match Test series vs Sri Lanka, which signalled the beginning of an unbeaten Test series run for India. This series was the beginning of an unbeaten streak of 19 Test matches for India which was brought to an end by Australia in early This series also saw the emergence of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as two of the best spinners and all-rounders.

They spun webs around touring batsmen, much like the spinning quartet of the s. This was followed by limited overs victories over Australia and Sri Lanka away from home. India was knocked out of the World Cup in the semi-final stage, to eventual winners Australia.

India began by winning the Asia Cup , remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament, beating Pakistan along the way. India were favourites to win the ICC World Twenty20 which was being held at home, but they lost in the semi-final to eventual champions West Indies.

Virat Kohli was again named the man of the series. India whitewashed New Zealand to regain the number one ranking in Test cricket after almost 10 years. Before the series against England in November , MS Dhoni resigned as captain of India in limited overs, thus handing the captaincy to Virat Kohli across all formats. India beat England across all three formats, with a notable 4—0 win in the Test series. Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer of all time to reach wickets; he and Ravindra Jadeja occupied the top two spots in both the ICC Bowlers and All-Rounders rankings at the time.

In the process, India became the third team after South Africa and Australia to have won their most recent Test series against all the other Test-playing nations.

India holds an unbeaten streak of 8 consecutive Test series wins as of 19 August India defeated Pakistan in their first game of the ICC Champions Trophy , winning by a convincing run margin, [32] but lost their second game of the group against Sri Lanka by 7 wickets despite posting a total of It is amongst the richest sporting organisations in the world.

The International Cricket Council determines India's upcoming matches through its future tours program. However, the BCCI, with its influential financial position in the cricketing world, has often challenged the ICC's program and called for more series between India, Australia and England which are more likely to earn more revenue as opposed to tours with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

Selection for the Indian cricket team occurs through the BCCI's zonal selection policy, where each of the five zones is represented with one selector and one of the members nominated by BCCI as the Chairman of the selection committee. This has sometimes led to controversy as to whether these selectors are biased towards their zones.

The current chairman of the selection committee is M. The blue colour of their uniform has also earned them the nickname of "Men in Blue".

With the advent of the World Series Cup in the s, each team was to don a primary and secondary colour on their uniforms. The Indian team elected to wear light-blue as their primary colour and yellow as their secondary colour. Even during the Cricket World Cup , the secondary colour on the Indian cricket team's clothing was yellow. However, this has since been replaced with the tricolour.

In the past, the Indian ODI outfits were changed to different shades of blue, mostly darker than the current, [44] and the team donned navy blue during , [45] and then the sky blue colour for the next decade. Indian team has got a new kit from which is feroza blue with India written on it in orange. Due to their love for blue colour Nike with Board for Control of Cricket in India launched the mega campaign called "Bleed Blue" for the support of Indian team in ICC Cricket World Cup which turned out to be a huge success and people over the internet and places adopted this to cheer for India.

A new ultramarine blue coloured jersey of the one-day cricket team was released on 20 October [49] for the upcoming tours and ICC Cricket World Cup.

The jersey has been designed by team's apparel and kit sponsor Nike. Previously, the Indian cricket team has worn a darker shade of blue and before that, the team has worn sky blue.

The vertical tricolour band has been made on both sides in comparison to just one side in the previous shirt. OPPO , the manufacturer of Chinese electronics is the official team sponsor logo is on the central part of the jersey above orange coloured INDIA logo and on the right arm Nike logo is visible.

The name and jersey number of the player are printed in orange at the back while on the chest the logo of BCCI is on the left side. The one-day cap was also sky blue with the BCCI logo on the front.

When playing first-class cricket , in addition to their cricket whites, Indian fielders sometimes wear a dark blue cap or a white wide-brimmed sun hat, with the BCCI logo in the center front. Helmets are also dark blue.

Some players sport the Indian flag on their helmet. There are numerous world-renowned cricket stadiums located in India. Most grounds are under the administration of various state cricket boards as opposed to being under the control of the BCCI.

The Bombay Gymkhana was the first ground in India to host a full-scale cricket match featuring an Indian cricket team. This was between the Parsis and the Europeans in The first stadium to host a Test match in India was also the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay in , the only Test it ever hosted.

The second and third Tests in the series were hosted at Eden Gardens and Chepauk. The Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi was the first stadium to host a Test match after independence, a draw against the West Indies in , the first of a 5-Test series. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of world-class cricket stadiums in India, with multiple Test venues in Indore , Chandigarh Mohali , Chennai , Mumbai , Hyderabad , Rajkot , Ranchi , Pune , Dharamshala and Nagpur.

Eden Gardens in Kolkata has hosted the most Tests, and also has the second-largest seating capacity of any cricket stadium in the world, being capable of holding more than 66, spectators. Founded in , it is one of the most historical stadiums in India, having hosted numerous historical and controversial matches.

For the last two years, the ground has been undergoing renovation. The Bombay Gymkhana hosted the first ever Test match in India which is the only Test it has hosted to date. Wankhede Stadium , established in , has a capacity to hold 33, spectators and is currently the most popular venue in the city. It has hosted 24 Test matches. It was the unofficial successor of the Brabourne Stadium, which is also located in Mumbai. Mumbai is often considered the cricketing capital of India because of its fans and the talent it produces see Mumbai cricket team and thus the stadium regularly hosts major Test matches.

Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk is also considered to be an important historical Indian cricket ground, established in the early s it was the site of India's first Test victory.

Updated on 25 June [91]. Thirty-two men have captained the Indian cricket team in at least one Test match, although only six have led the team in more than 25 matches, and six have captained the team in ODIs but not Tests. India's first captain was CK Nayudu , who led the team in four matches against England: Lala Amarnath , India's fourth captain, led the team in its first Test match after Indian independence.

He also captained the side to its first Test victory and first series win, both in a three-match series at home against Pakistan in — The Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi , was the team's captain for 36 Test matches from —62 to —70, returning for another four matches against West Indies in — In the early years of his captaincy tenure, the team was whitewashed in the West Indies, England and Australia. However, in —68, Pataudi led India on its maiden New Zealand tour, which ended in India winning the Test series 3—1.

In —71, Ajit Wadekar took over the captaincy from Pataudi. India played its first ODI in , also under his captaincy. He was succeeded by Kapil Dev in the s, who captained for 34 Test matches, including 4 victories. Kapil Dev also captained India's 2—0 Test series victory in England in Although he started with two centuries in his first series as captain, his captaincy period was turbulent [ citation needed ] and he lost the job following a disastrous tour of the West Indies in early and a stand-off with the Indian cricket board BCCI.

India has had six regular Test captains since Mohammad Azharuddin took charge in Azharuddin led the team in 47 Test matches from —90 to —99, winning 14, and in ODIs, winning He was followed by Sachin Tendulkar, who captained the team in 25 Test matches and 73 ODIs in the late s; Tendulkar was relatively unsuccessful [92] [93] as a captain, winning only 4 Test matches and 23 ODIs.

Ganguly became the regular captain of the team in both Tests and ODIs in He remained captain until —06 and became the then most successful Indian captain, winning 21 of his 49 Test matches in charge and 76 of his ODIs. India lost only three Tests at home under Ganguly and managed to draw Test series in England and Australia. Rahul Dravid took over as Test captain in In , he led India to its first Test series victory in the West Indies in more than 30 years.

Soon after taking up the captaincy, Dhoni led the team to the inaugural World Twenty20 title. Anil Kumble was appointed Test captain in November , but retired from international cricket in November after captaining in 14 Tests. Dhoni succeeded him as the Test captain, making him the captain in all formats. Under the captaincy of Dhoni, the Indian team held the number one position in the Test rankings for 21 months from November to August , and set a national record for most back-to-back ODI wins nine straight wins.

He is widely regarded as India's best ever captain. However, the team performed poorly in away Tests from to and Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December , with Virat Kohli being named as the new Test captain.

Under Kohli's captaincy, India was unbeaten in 19 Test matches, starting from a 3—0 series win over New Zealand and ending with a 2—1 series win over Australia. India has an unbeaten streak of winning 9 consecutive Test series as of Dec , starting with a 2—1 series win over Sri Lanka. India also became only the third team after Australia and South Africa to have won their most recent Test series simultaneously against all the other Test playing nations.

The recent results and forthcoming fixtures of India in international cricket:. This lists all the players who have played for India in the past 12 months and the forms in which they have played.

Correct as of 10 July Other players with a central contract who have not played for India in the past 12 months: The BCCI awards central contracts to its players, its pay graded according to the importance of the player. Players' salaries are as follows:. Sachin Tendulkar, who began playing for India as a year-old in and has since become the most prolific run-scorer in the history of both Test and ODI cricket, holds a large number of national batting records.

The highest score by an Indian is the scored by Virender Sehwag in Chennai. It is the second triple century in Test cricket by an Indian, the first being a also made by Sehwag although against Pakistan. India score —5 in a match against Bermuda in World Cup which is the highest score ever in Cricket World Cup history. In the same match, India set a world record of the highest winning margin in an ODI match of runs.

India has also had some very strong bowling figures, with spin bowler Anil Kumble being a member of the elite group of 3 bowlers who have taken Test wickets. In , Anil Kumble emulated Jim Laker to become the second bowler to take all ten wickets in a Test match innings when he took 10 wickets for 74 runs against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

The Indian cricket team also holds the record sequence of 17 successful run-chases in ODIs, [99] which ended in a dramatic match against the West Indies in May , which India lost by just 1 run when Yuvraj Singh was bowled by Dwayne Bravo's full toss.

Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to score runs he was unbeaten on from deliveries including 25x4 and 3x6 in a single ODI innings, on 24 February against South Africa in Gwalior. On 8 December , this achievement was eclipsed by compatriot Virender Sehwag, who scored runs from deliveries 25x4 7x6 versus West Indies in Indore.

On 13 November the record was broken by another Indian opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma , who scored runs from deliveries 33x4 9x6 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. In , Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer in history to reach wickets. Virat Kohli scored a sensational century and a gritty half-century in the 1st Test. Hardik Pandya notched up a crucial half-century against Essex in the three-day practice match.

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