The Indian cricket team, also known as the Men in Blue, is controlled by the BBCI and has been a Full Member of the ICC since the 31st May 1926. In this article, we will take a closer look at their history, the colours that they use, notable squad members, what they have won over the years, how they have fared against other nations, and how the team is currently getting on.
A Brief History of Indian Cricket
Cricket was first introduced to Indians by British sailors and merchants in the 18th century, with the first club (now known as Kolkata) being created in 1792. However, the national team had to wait until June 1932 to play their very first test match, making them the sixth team to be given test cricket status.
During the next fifty years, they won just 35 test matches from a possible 196. In fact, they had to wait nearly two decades before they earned their first test victory. However, the team improved drastically in quality during the 1970s when players such as Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar joined the team.
Nowadays, they are ranked as the best Test team, the second best ODI team, and the fifth best T20 team. Their main rivals are obviously Pakistan (who they love to beat in any format), but in recent times, they have forged somewhat of a rivalry with England, South Africa, and Australia.
At this moment in time, Ravi Shastri is the head coach, while Virat Kohli is the captain in all three formats.
What Colours Are Associated with Team India?
Different colours are used depending on the format that is being played. We dig deeper into details so you understand each one of them.
When they are playing Test cricket, they wear cricket whites as these are the traditional clothes worn during this format. In addition to this, when they are fielding, they wear a dark blue cap or a white sun hat that has the BCCI logo on it. When they are batting, they use a dark blue helmet that has the Indian flag stuck on it.
The BCCI logo can be found on the left chest of the whites, while the team’s sponsor can be seen on the right chest. Nike manufactures their kits, so you can see the Nike logo on the sleeve of the player’s dominant arm.
ODI and T20 Cricket
When it comes to limited overs cricket, the Indian team has blue as their main colour. The secondary colour that they use if there is a clash of shirts with the home team has changed down the years, but yellow and orange has been dominant.
In 2016, it was decided by the ICC that teams would use one kit for ODI matches and another for T20 matches. The team’s very first T20 kit was a shade of dark blue with thin strips of green and orange added to the lower left and upper right side of the shirt. In 2017, a new ODI kit was revealed, which had a lighter shade of blue on the body and a darker shade on the sleeves. The colours of the Indian flag were added to either side of the upper chest.
The caps that they wear in limited overs cricket are dark blue and have the BCCI logo in the centre. Just like with the first-class kits, the BCCI logo can be found on the left chest, while the Nike sign can be seen on the right chest. In the middle of the jersey and on the sleeve of the dominant arm, you will see the team’s sponsor. On the T20 jerseys only, the sponsor’s logo can also be seen on the back, just underneath the player’s number.
The name and number of each player is printed in orange on the back of the shirt.
Notable Team Members in the Current Squad
Many great players have played for India over the years, but we are now going to take a look at some of their best players at this moment in time.
Kohli, it is safe to say, is one the best batsmen in the world at the moment. When it comes to test cricket, he has scored 7,054 runs (26 centuries and 22 half-centuries) in 79 matches, at an average of 53.14. These are impressive figures, but you will be even more impressed by his ODI stats. In 239 matches he has scored 11,520 runs (43 centuries and 54 half-centuries) at an average of 60.31. His T20 stats aren’t too shabby either. He has notched up 2,441 runs (22 half-centuries) in 71 matches, with an average of 50.85.
Bumrah is one of the fastest bowlers that India has ever produced, and he has the skill to match his speed. His international career is still quite short, but he already has some impressive figures to his name. For example, he has played 12 test matches and has already picked up 62 wickets at an average of 20.63. In ODIs, he has played 58 matches and picked up 104 wickets at an average of 21.88. When it comes to his T20 career, he has played 42 matches and picked up 51 wickets at an average of 20.17.
Is a young spin bowler that definitely has a long international career ahead of him. In the 6 tests that he has played so far, he has taken 24 wickets with a bowling average of 24.12. In the 43 ODIs that he has played, has managed to pick up 96 wickets at an average of 21.14, while in 18 T20 matches he has collected 35 wickets at an amazing average of just 12.97.
How Has the Team Gotten on in World Tournaments?
ICC Cricket World Cup
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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC Champions Trophy
* The ICC Champions Trophy no longer exists.
* India pulled out of the 1986 Asia Cup due to their strained relationship with Pakistan. They were replaced by Bangladesh, who was Asia’s leading associate member at the time. Bangladesh went on to lose both of their games (against Pakistan and Sri Lanka).
Test Record Against Other Full Member Nations
* These stats are correct from the 13th October 2019.
ODI Record Against Other Full Member Nations
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* These stats are correct from 14th August, 2019.
T20 Record Against Other Full Member Nations
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*These stats are correct from 22nd September, 2019.
How Are the Indian Team Doing of Late?
As mentioned earlier, the Indian team are currently ranked as the best test team in the world, so they are definitely doing well in that department. They currently sit at the top of the ICC World Test Championship Table, having beaten the West Indies 2-0 and having won the first two tests in a three-match series against South Africa.
Regarding their ODI form, since the World Cup in England where they were knocked out in the semi-finals by New Zealand, they have only played a three-match series against West Indies. The first match was rained off, and they won the remaining two matches on DLS method.
They also played the West Indies in a three-match T20 series. They won the first match by 4 wickets, the second match by 22 runs on DLS method, and the third match by 7 wickets. Overall, it was a very successful tour of the West Indies.
They played South Africa in three T20 matches before the aforementioned test series. The first match was abandoned, India won the second match by 7 wickets, and South Africa won the third match by 9 wickets.