Why Indian National Team Stays The Strongest One In The World?

Why Indian National Team Stays The Strongest One In The World?

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India celebrate after winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. (Photo: Twitter)

Even though Indian national team is second right now in the ICC rating, the quality of game and the hope for the come back to the 1st place is relevant. 

IPL phenomena

IPL capitalization is the biggest among all cricket leagues in the world. The quality of the teams gathers full stadiums and subscriptions for TV. Every single team in IPL is capable of winning the tournament. Therefore, it is difficult to predict who will take down the match even during the season. However, exciting games call for an attention of cricket betting in India. The big teams and highly professional players make people wanting to have fun by betting and just keeping their eyes on big fixtures. 

What was the path of Indian National Team to the success? 

In 2015, India began its home dominance in test cricket under its new captain Virat Kohli, after clearly defeating South Africa. With this test, series began an uninterrupted successful series of 19 test matches for India without defeat, which was only ended by Australia in 2017. In this successful series, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also appeared as two of the best spin bowlers and all-rounders. They dominated opposing batsmen in a similar way to the spin quartet from the 1970s. The winning streak was followed by overseas victories against Sri Lanka and Australia in the shorter forms of cricket. At the 2015, World Cup in Australia and New Zealand India reached the semi-finals undefeated, but lost to eventual world champions Australia with 95 runs. India ended 2016 by winning the Asia Cup after remaining undefeated throughout the tournament and leaving Pakistan behind. India was the title favorite at the World Twenty20 2016 in its own country, but lost in the semifinals to the eventual world champions of the West Indies. Virat Kohli was again named “Player of the Tournament”.

2016 began the “big home season” for India, including home series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India scored a whitewash against New Zealand, which brought India back to first place in the test rankings after more than ten years. Before the series against England in November 2016, MS Dhoni resigned as the Indian captain in the shorter forms of cricket and Virat Kohli became the captain in all three forms of cricket. India defeated England in all three forms of cricket, including 4-0 in the Test series. This was followed by victories in the test series against Bangladesh and against Australia after which India won back the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer to score 250 wickets; at that time, he and Ravindra Jadeja occupied the first two places in the ICC rankings for bowlers and all-rounders. In the process, India also became the third team (after South Africa and Australia) to win the test series against all other test nations. As of August 19, 2017, India was undefeated in eight consecutive test series.

India defeated Pakistan in the first match of the Champions Trophy in 2017 with 124 runs, but lost the second game of the group stage against Sri Lanka with 7 wickets, despite 321 scored runs. In the final group game against South Africa, which India had to win for a next round, they won clearly and met in the semifinals on Bangladesh. India won the semifinals clearly with 9 wickets and played in the final against rivals Pakistan; since 2007 the first time that both teams have met in a final. In a disappointing game for which India was the favorite, Pakistan clearly won 180 runs, outclassing India in all three forms of cricket.

 

In July 2017, India defeated the West Indies in the ODI series with 3–1 on its Caribbean tour, but lost the T20 match. India then toured Sri Lanka, and won the test series clearly 3–0, the first time India completely defeated an opponent away in a test series of at least three games.

The following year India achieved mixed results: They lost test series away to South Africa and England, but won for the first time against Australia in Australia. At home, they won the test series against the West Indies. India won the ODI series of the South Africa tour, as well as the Nidhas Trophy 2017/18 against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They lost the ODI series in England, followed by a win against the West Indies and away wins against Australia and New Zealand. In early 2019, Australia won the T20I series 2-0, Virat Kohli’s first home defeat in a T20I series. At the 2019, World Cupthey qualified as the best team in the preliminary round for the semifinals, but failed there because of New Zealand. After the World Cup, South Africa visited India for three tests, all of which the hosts won, the last two with one innings and more than 100 runs each. This was India’s first whitewash against the Proteas.

India won their first T20 series of three games against Sri Lanka 2-0. India then won its ODI series of three games against Australia 2–1.