India national cricket team

The India men's national cricket team, also known as Team India[10] and Men in Blue,[11] represents India in men's International Cricket. It is governed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) status.

India national cricket team
Nickname(s)Men in Blue, Team India, The Blues
AssociationBoard of Control for Cricket in India
Test captainVirat Kohli
One Day captainVirat Kohli
T20I captainRohit Sharma
CoachRahul Dravid
Test status acquired1931
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull Member (1926)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
Test 2nd 1st (1 April 1973)
ODI 4th 1st (1 December 1994)
T20I 3rd 1st[2][3](28 March 2014)
First Testv.  England at Lord's, London; 25–28 June 1932
Last Testv.  England at The Oval, London; 2–6 September 2021
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 555 164/171
(219 draws, 1 tie)
This year[5] 11 6/3
(2 draws)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–2021)
Best resultRunners-up (2019–21)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  England at Headingley, Leeds; 13 July 1974
Last ODIv.  Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; 23 July 2021
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 997 518/429
(9 ties, 41 no results)
This year[7] 6 4/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975)
Best resultChampions (1983, 2011)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv.  South Africa at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg; 1 December 2006
Last T20Iv.  New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kolkata; 21 November 2021
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[8] 153 95/51
(3 ties, 4 no results)
This year[9] 16 10/6
(0 ties,0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances7 (first in 2007)
Best resultChampions (2007)

Test kit

ODI and T20I kit

As of 21 November 2021

Cricket was introduced to India by British sailors in the 18th century, and the first cricket club was established in 1792. India's national cricket team did not play its first Test match until 25 June 1932 at Lord's, becoming the sixth team to be granted test cricket status. From 1932 India had to wait until 1952, almost 20 years for its first Test victory. In its first fifty years of international cricket, India didn't gain much success, winning only 35 of the first 196 Test matches it played. The team, however, gained strength in the 1970s with the emergence of players like Gavaskar, Viswanath, Kapil Dev, and the Indian spin quartet.

Traditionally much stronger at home than abroad, the Indian team has improved its overseas form, especially in limited-overs cricket, since the start of the 21st century, winning Test matches in Australia, England and South Africa. It was the second cricket team to win the World Cup after West Indies. It has won the Cricket World Cup twice – in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and in 2011 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After winning the 2011 World Cup, India became only the third team after West Indies and Australia to have won the World Cup more than once,[12] and the first cricket team to win the World Cup at home.[13][14] It also won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. It was also the joint champions of 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, along with Sri Lanka. The team has also won the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 defeating Pakistan in the final. They have also won ACC Asia Cup seven times, making them one of the most successful cricket teams in both Asia and the World. They are also one of the only four teams to win all major ICC tournaments. India have also won the ICC Test Championship 5 times making them the second team to win most ICC Test Mace after Australia. They have also won the ICC ODI Championship, and the ICC T20I Championship.

The Indian cricket team has rivalries with other Test-playing nations, most notably with Pakistan, the political arch-rival of India and with Australia. However, in recent times, rivalries with nations like South Africa and England have also gained prominence.

As of November 21, 2021, India is ranked second in Tests, fourth in ODIs and second in T20Is by the ICC.[15] Virat Kohli is the current captain of the team in Tests and ODIs, while Rohit Sharma is the current captain of the team in T20Is; the head coach is Rahul Dravid.[16]

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