Srinivas To MS Dhoni, Here Are The Six Skippers Who Led India In World Cup
Srinivas To MS Dhoni, Here Are The Six Skippers Who Led India In World Cup; ICC World Cup has always been a special affair in the game of cricket. All the teams across the world would fight for the glorious trophy, which tags them as the champions of cricket until the next edition makes its way. Meanwhile, we figured out 6 skippers, who led the Indian National Cricket Team in the major event.
Here are they:
1. Srinivas Venkataraghvan in 1975 and 1979:
The off-spinner, who hails from Tamil Andy was the first Indian skipper to lead the Indian National Cricket Team in the first ever edition of the ICC World Cup.
It wasn’t a great edition to remind though, as the team fared pretty poorly under his captaincy. They managed to win only one game, which came against East Africa.
Under his captaincy, India lost to England (by 202 runs) and New Zealand (4 wickets) in the 1975 edition. And, in the 1979 edition, India lost to the West Indies (by 9 wickets), New Zealand (8 wickets) and Sri Lanka (47 runs).
As far as his personal career is concerned, he managed to get only 15 ODI games under his belt. Out of them, six games are in the world cup.
2. Kapil Dev in 1983 and 1987:
1983 is just not a number, there are a lot of emotions attached to it. It was for the first ever time, India managed to seal the cup by thrashing the best teams in the world event.
Kapil Dev is the first person to give India the World Cup and showed the world cricket that India is a team to consider. Kapil Dev himself played a crucial part for the team in lifting the trophy.
His incredible captaincy helped himself to lead the team once again in the ICC World Cup, which took place in 1987. However, it wasn’t that special edition for the team, as they were outclassed by Graham Gooch-side in the semifinal of the tournament.
3. Mohammad Azharuddin In 1992, 1996 and in 1999:
Surprisingly, in fact, shockingly, Mohammad Azharuddin led three times in the world cup. The first world cup under his captaincy in 1992 was a disaster while in the second cup, Azharuddin did well.
With the youngsters in the side, Azharuddin helped India reach the semifinal of the tournament in 1996. It was the season best remembered for India’s batting heroics. However, it was the repeat of a poor show in 1999 when the team once again did pretty poorly.
The phase under Mohammad Azharuddin was one of the darkest phases for the Indian team, as there were many controversies took place in the Indian team.
4. Sourav Ganguly in 2003:
The stylish southpaw Sourav Ganguly has led the Indian team in only one tournament but the impact he created in one tournament matches to none in the world cricket.
Despite starting the tournament on a poor note, Sourav Ganguly went on to lead the Indian team in the victory line for the consecutive 9 games.
The incredible run of victories helped the Indian team to enter into the finals of the tournament. However, Australia dominated the final and secured their cup by thumping down Indians.
5. Rahul Dravid in 2007:
The Indian team under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid had one of the worst world cups ever after the game making into the Televisions from Radio commentary.
It was the edition, which got the stalwart players in their side but unfortunately, they returned home after being knocked out in the league stage of the tournament. Fans couldn’t control their emotion, as they pelted stones on the cricketer houses.
The only match in the tournament that India managed to win is the game against Bermuda when India scored 413 on the board. The tournament is famously remembered for the loss in the hands of Bangladesh.
6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2011 and 2015:
Then comes Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who became the first captain to win the ICC World Cup despite being the host team.
It was quite a journey for Indian team under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. They took an act of revenge against Bangladesh in the first game and then thrashed Ireland, Netherlands and Windies before losing to South Africa and drawing a game with England.
Then they knocked Australians out of the tournament in the knockout game before thrashing Pakistan in the semifinal. In the final, they outsmarted Sri Lankan side, courtesy an incredible knock from MS Dhoni and the blistering 99 from Gambhir.
He once again led the team in 2015, which took place in Australia and New Zealand. This time, he led India like a champion in the league stage and in the quarterfinal before losing to Australia in the semifinal of the tournament.
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