Sunday, December 8, 2013
`But it is eventually a game of cricket`
The credence of this statement by Sachin Tendulkar in a country which drives the followers of the ‘game’ to the brink of obsession, goads religious debacle and causes political debates is reasonably low.
More than oft it’s the luscious run or the teetering performance of the team that largely ascertains the mood of the nation. This rage can be attributed to none other than Team India. The members of the Indian Cricket Team adorn the sky blue Sahara jersey and officially represent India in the international arena.
Be it the number of devotees, the adulation received or the big sponsorship deals, the members of Team India score way ahead of the rest of the players. The much in news BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is the official ‘daddy’ of the Indian Team. Being the richest and the arguably the most influential board, it commands respect from far and wide.
The camaraderie in the present team led by Rahul Dravid is apparent both on and off the field. The team is led by a Hindu, spearheaded by a Muslim fast bowler and a Sikh spin ‘turbanator’, a lightening quick Muslim fielder at the covers and coached by a Christian. All this, and then one is fortunate enough to see Sachin Tendulkar come out to open the innings, the bowler starts his run-up and a billion people fall silent. Such is the verve, such is the fervor and such is the devotion that the Indian Cricket Team despite its oscillating fortunes is able to rouse.
The big stars
The Indian team made its test debut on June 25th, 1932 at Lord’s in England. Though it took nearly five decades for the team to prove its mettle, it has produced many who have achieved unparallel feat. Names like Vijay Merchant, CK Naidu, Lala Amarnath, Erapalli Prasanna, Vinoo Mankad, Farokh Engineer, BS Chandrasekhar, Bishen Singh Bedi, Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Anil Kumble, the Mumbai maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have risen way beyond the lesser known mortals.
Highs and Lows
Barrage of records
Team India is embellished by the accolade of chasing down a record 403 run target against the West Indies in 1976, defeating Australia in Australia at Adelaide in December 2003 and squaring the series, Kumble claiming10 wickets against Pakistan at the Delhi Test match in February 1999 and the most memorable one being India’s World Cup victory against the West Indies in 1983.
Match fixing scandal
The period from April 2000 to January 2001 was one of the lowest points of Indian cricket. The game was engulfed in match fixing scandals with big names like Kapil Dev, Ajay Jadeja, Ajay Sharma and Mohammad Azharuddin in the line of fire. A few names have now been cleared, but many still await their clearance from the morbid affair.
– BCCI(Board for Cricket Control of India)
President of the Board
– Mr. Sharad Pawar
-Sky blue jersey with the Indian tricolour.
– Greg Chappell
Highest Team total
705-7 dec India v Australia Sydney 2003/04
Lowest Team total
42 India v England Lord`s (England) 1974
Highest Team total
413/5 (50.0 ov) India v Bermuda Port of Spain 2007
Lowest Team total
54 (26.3 ov) India v Sri Lanka Sharjah 2000/01
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Yuvraj Singh (Vice Captain) Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthick, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary, Praveem Kumar
CK Nayudu (1932-34), Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (1936), Nawab of Pataudi(Sn) (1946), Lala Amarnath (1947-49,1952-53), Vijay Hazare (1951-53), Vinoo Mankad (1954-55,1958-59), Ghulam Ahmed (1955-56,1958-59), Polly Umrigar (1955-59), Hemu Adhikari (1958-59), Datta Gaekwad (1959), Pankaj Roy (1959), Gulabrai Ramchand (1959-60), Nari Contractor (1960-62), Nawab of Pataudi(Jn) (1961-75), Chandu Borde (1967-68), Ajit Wadekar (1970-74), Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan (1974-75,1979), Sunil Gavaskar (1975-85), Bishen Singh Bedi (1975-79), Gundappa Viswanath (1979-80), Kapil Dev (1982-87), Dilip Vengsarkar (1987-89), Ravi Shastri (1987-88), Krishnamachari Srikkanth (1989-90), Mohammad Azharuddin (1989-99), Sachin Tendulkar(1996-2000), Sourav Ganguly (2000-06), Rahul Dravid(2003-07), Virender Sehwag(2005-06), Anil Kumble(2007-08)
Ajit Wadekar(1974), Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan (1975-79), Bishen Singh Bedi (1975-76,1978-79), Sunil Gavaskar (1980-81,1985-86), Gundappa Viswanath (1980-81), Kapil Dev (1982-83,1992-93), Syed Kirmani (1983-84), Mohinder Amarnath(1984-85), Ravi Shastri (1986-87,1991-92), Dilip Vengsarkar (1987-89), Krishnamachari Srikkanth (1989-90), Mohammad Azharuddin (1989-99), Sachin Tendulkar (1996-2000), Ajay Jadeja (1997-2000), Sourav Ganguly (1995-2000), Rahul Dravid (2000-01,2004-05, 2005-07)), Anil Kumble (2001-02), Virender Sehwag (2005), MS Dhoni(2007-08).
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