There is no denying the fact that cricket in India is not just a sport – it is a religion. Almost every Indian religiously follow cricket, which makes it the most popular sports in the country. While the game was initially introduced by the British, it has certainly evolved a lot in the Indian subcontinent. If you are also a follower of India cricket, then you have come to the right place. Let’s learn more about its history and how it has evolved.
Part 1. History of Cricket in India
You might already know that cricket was brought to India by the East India Company. The game was first introduced to the Indian subcontinent via Calcutta. Though, on the west coast, the first match was speculated to be played in 1721 near Baroda. The first official
match was played between Calcutta and Madras way back in 1864. Gradually, the game picked up in the country.
It was only in 1932 when India cricket joined the group of Australia, England, South Africa,and New Zealand. The first match of the national team outside the country was played at Lords. After gaining independence, India started developing its regional teams as well. The Gymkhana ground in Bombay is probably the oldest cricket stadium in India. While Eden Gardens was established in 1864, it was modified to become the biggest cricket stadium in India.
Part 2. Indian National Cricket Team
After getting to know about the history of cricket in India, let’s learn more about the national team. Commonly known as the “Men in Blue”, the team actively plays all the popular formats of cricket like Test series, One-day, and T20. The team is governed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is a member of ICC (International Cricket Council).
Since India and Cricket have such an impressive history, the nation has produced some of the best cricketers in the world. While we can’t name all of them, we certainly can’t miss out crickets like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virat Kohli. Currently, the team ranks 1st in Test, 2nd in ODI, and 3 rd in T20. Though, the team has a record of holding 1st positions in all the match formats.
Part 2. Indian Cricket Team Squad
If you are a true fan of the team, then you should know the complete list of the Indian cricket squad as well. Here’s a quick look.
• Virat Kohli (Captain, Batsman)
• Ajinkya Rahane (Test vice-captain, Batsman)
• Rohit Sharma (T20 vice-captain, Batsman)
• Opening Batsmen
• Shikhar Dhawan
• Abhinav Mukund
• K. L. Rahul
• Murali Vijay
• Middle-order Batsmen
• Shreyas Iyer
• Kedar Jadhav
• Manish Pandey
• Cheteshwar Pujara
• Suresh Raina
• Ravichandran Ashwin
• Ravindra Jadeja
• Hardik Pandya
• Axar Patel
• Vijay Shankar
• Washington Sundar
• Yuvraj Singh
• Wicket Keepers
• Mahendra Singh Dhoni
• Dinesh Karthik
• Rishabh Pant
• Parthiv Patel
• Wriddhiman Saha
• Pace Bowlers
• Jasprit Bumrah
• Bhuvneshwar Kumar
• Mohammed Shami
• Ishant Sharma
• Mohammed Siraj
• Shardul Thakur
• Jaydev Unadkat
• Umesh Yadav
• Spin Bowlers
• Yuzvendra Chahal
• Kuldeep Yadav
Part 3. India Cricket Match Highlights – Biggest Victories So Far
Till date, there has been countless of Indian cricket series and league matches. Though,some wins make an unforgettable place in the India cricket history.
1. First World Cup Win
India won its first World Cup way back in 1983 and created history. The win certainly placed India as a game-changer.
2. Second World Cup Win
India is one of the few countries with a record of more than one World Cup wins. In 2011, it defeated Sri Lanka on home soil.
3. 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
Earlier in 2002, both India and Sri Lanka were declared the winner of the trophy. Though,in 2013, Indian defeated England to become a sole winner.
4. T20 World Cup
Back in 2007, India also won the ICC T20 World Cup. The Indian team defeated Pakistan by 5 runs.
Besides that, the team has created tons of records and has won numerous Indian cricket series and tours as well.
Part 4. Know More about India and Cricket on Snaptube
Snaptube is a freely available app that is compatible with all the major Android devices.You can get all the latest scoops related to India and cricket on its native interface. The app has integrated all the popular video sharing platforms in one place. Therefore, you can easily find all your favorite videos without switching between different apps. Watch the highlights of the past matches or the interviews of your favorite players. Get to know everything about the upcoming India cricket tours and series as well. Simply download the Snaptube app on your device and never run short of cricket-related content.
updated by Editor on Jul 13, 2018