Indian cricket had a very good year in Test matches with Virat Kohli becoming full-fledged captain. In Under 19 cricket too the Indian team under the guidance of Rahul Dravid won 3 back to back tournaments. It was a year where MS Dhoni lost the series against Bangladesh and South Africa.
Here we look at the top 5 moments of Indian cricket in 2015.
1. India reaching the semi-finals of World Cup 2015
Before the World Cup 2015, the Indian team played in tri-series against Australia and England but lost all three matches and was knocked out in the first round. The fans never gave India a chance, but the team showed great character to bounce back and win 7 matches in a row in the league stage. The Indian team defeated Bangladesh in the quarter-finals; they were outplayed in the semi-finals losing by Australia. All the players contributed and made an excellent comeback after a poor show in the tri-series and Test matches before the tri-series.
2. Beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka after 22 years
In August, Indian team toured Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series. In the first Test match, Indian team lost the Test match after dominating Sri Lanka for 2 and half days but the hosts came back strongly and won the first Test. In the second and third test, the Indian team played as a unit which led to India winning the series on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years. The Indian team had players which came to the party on different occasion. It was the first Test series as a full-fledged captain for Virat Kohli and the team played aggressive cricket to win the series.
3. Virat Kohli winning first home series as a captain
Virat Kohli captained the Indian team for the first time at home soil. The Indian team took on South Africa. The team played some attacking cricket and helped India win the series 3-0. Virat Kohli’s captaincy was attacking and made the right bowling changes. In the Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli wanted to win every match and made sure that he wins his first Test series at home.
4. R Ashwin becoming the number 1 ranked bowler in Test matches
Before the year started Ashwin was number 15th ranked bowler in Test matches. From the Bangladesh series he has focused on bowling his offspinners and the results are showing. In the Sri Lankan series and South African series he was named the man of the series. In the year 2015, Ashwin has picked 62 wickets in 9 matches and has troubled the best batsmen in the world. On the last day of the year, Ashwin became the top-ranked bowler in Test matches.
5. India Under 19 team winning 3 back to back tournaments
The Indian Under 19 team had an excellent year. They won 3 back to back tournaments in Sri Lanka featuring Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India in July, winning the tri-series involving Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh. They won recently the tri-series involving Sri Lanka and England. It has been a special year for the Indian Under 19 team to have Rahul Dravid as the coach of the Indian team and the results are showing. With the World Cup to be held in Bangladesh it will be crucial for the Indian team to continue their form in the World Cup too.
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