Sep 26, 2010

Records and achievements of Indian cricket in last 10 years

The major records and achievements added by the Indian cricket team in the last one decade, 2000-2010, are to mention as the win of first World Twenty20 Championship in 2007, Runners up in World Cup 2003, ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 and the most recent win of Asia Cup Tournament 2010 defeating Sri Lanka as their fifth tile of the tournament.

Indian Cricket Team before the final match of Asia Cup Cricket Tournament  held in Sri Lanka from  15–24 June 2010
Cheerful Indian team after winning first twenty20 champions trophy in 2007 held in South Africa
The Indian team also became runners up in ICC Champions Trophy in 2000, and runners up in  Asia Cup Tournament in 2004 and 2008.

Before this, the Indian team grabbed  World Cup final championship in 1983 which was the first and highest  achievement of the Indian Cricket and they could not touch the point second time in its cricket history.
The Indian Team won the 3rd Cricket World Cup and their first and single title in 1983
Indian Team with World Cup Cricket Trophy in 1983
They also championed Asia Cup Tournament four times more respectively in 1984, 1988, 1991 and 1995.    

However, the Indian cricket team underwent major records and developments with the appointment of John Wright as India's first ever foreign coach in 2000. India with the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, who became the regular captain in both forms of cricket in 2000, saw the wins.

Ganguly remained captain for the first 5 years of the 2000s and was much more successful, winning 21 of his 49 Test matches in charge and 73 of his 141 ODIs.

India maintained their unbeaten home record against Australia in Test series after defeating them in 2001. The series was famous for the Kolkata Test match, in which India became only the third team in the history of Test cricket to win a Test match after following on.

Australian captain Steve Waugh labelled India as the "Final Frontier" as a result of his side's inability to win a Test series in India. Victory in 2001 against the Australians marked the beginning of a dream run for India under their captain Sourav Ganguly, winning Test matches in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies and England. The England series is also known for India's highest ODI run-chase of 325 runs at Lord's which came in the Natwest ODI Series final against England.

India were joint winners of the ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002 and then went to the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa where they reached the final only to be beaten by Australia.
Sourav Ganguly tossing at the Cricket World Cup 2003 final match

Mentioned that, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Official name: ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, was the eighth edition of the tournament and was played in South Africa from 9 February to 24 March. 2003 was the first time that the Cricket World Cup was held in Africa. The tournament featured 14 teams and 54 matches, the most in the tournament history up to that time. In the final match, Australia scored 359 for 2  in the stipulated 50 overs while India collected  234 playing 39.2 overs resulting a marked  125 runs win of  Australia at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2003-2004 season also saw India play out a Test series in Australia where they drew 1-1 with world champions, and then win a Test and ODI series in Pakistan.

At the end of the 2004 season, India suffered from lack of form and fitness from its older players. A defeat in a following home Test series against Australia was followed by an ODI home series defeat against Pakistan followed by a Test series levelled 1-1.

Then, Greg Chappell  took over from John Wright as the new coach of the Indian cricket team following the series, and his methods proved to be controversial during the beginning of his tenure in 2004.

The tension resulted in a fallout between Chappell and Ganguly, resulting in Rahul Dravid being made captain. This triggered a revival in the team's fortunes, following the emergence of players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and the coming of age of players like Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh.

Rahul Dravid  took over as Test captain in 2005. In his fourth full series in charge, he led India to victory in the West Indies, the first instance of India winning in the Caribbean in over 30 years.

A thumping home series victory over Sri Lanka in 2005 and a level series with South Africa put India at 2nd place in the ICC ODI rankings. This was followed by a convincing ODI series win in Pakistan in early 2006 following a loss in the Test series, which gave India the world record of 17 successive ODI victories while batting second.

Towards the middle of 2006 however, a 4-1 series loss in the West Indies gave rise to a slump in India's ODI form, while they achieved a 1-0 victory in the Test series that followed, giving them their first Test series victory in the Caribbean since 1971.
India's ODI form, however, slumped further with a disappointing performance in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy and a drubbing in the ODI series in South Africa. This was followed yet again by an initial good performance in the Tests, giving India its first Test match win in South Africa, although they went on to lose the series 2-1. This Test series was marked by Ganguly's comeback to the Indian team.

The beginning of 2007 had seen a revival in the Indian team's ODI fortunes before the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Sourav in action against Australia at a test match on 14 October 2007
Series victories against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, marked by the comeback of Ganguly, and strong form by Tendulkar, and the emergence of young attacking players like Robin Uthappa saw many pundits to tip India as a real chance to do well at the 2007 Cricket World Cup. However, defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw India fail to reach the final eight.

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the ninth edition of the tournament and took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sport's One Day International format. There were a total of 51 matches played, three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup (despite a field larger by two teams).

The 16 competing teams were initially divided into four groups, with the two best-performing teams from each group moving on to a "Super 8" format.

India  scored 413-5 in 50 overs against Bermuda, breaking the World Cup record for the highest team total, and became the first team to score 400 runs in a World Cup innings. It was also the highest List A team total ever made in the West Indies. India bowled out Bermuda for 156 to win by 257 runs, the largest winning margin in ODIs.

Bangladesh earned qualification from the group stage in the World Cup for the first time, by beating India and Bermuda and India had to close the tour.

The World Cup was also criticized for its format, with India and Pakistan  failing to move on from the group stage after losing two matches. This led to Ireland and Bangladesh entering the long Super Eights stage. The elimination of India and Pakistan also caused a large exodus of subcontinental fans from the Caribbean, and removed the prospect of an India vs Pakistan Super Eights match, generally considered one of the most revenue generating and electric matches in the tournament. The BCCI later claimed it would see to it that the ICC will alter its World Cup format for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

In previous times, India was unique in that it was the only country to regularly field three spinners in one team, whereas one is the norm, and of the fifteen players to have taken more than 100 wickets, only four were pace bowlers from the last 20 years.

However in recent years, Indian pace bowling has improved, with the emerging talents of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma many more playing in the national team.

After winning the Test series against England in August 2007, Rahul Dravid stepped down as the captain of the team following which Mahendra Singh Dhoni was made the captain of the Twenty20 and ODI team.

In September 2007, it won the first ever Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa, beating Pakistan by 5 runs in a thrilling final. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named as the new captain of the Twenty20 and ODI team after Dravid stepped down from the post in September 2007. Anil Kumble  was appointed Test captain in November 2007, but retired from international cricket in November 2008 after the 3rd Test between India and Australia. Dhoni succeeded him as the test captain, making him the official captain in all forms of cricket.

The 2010 Asia Cup was the tenth edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament, which was held in Sri Lanka from 15–24 June 2010. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were taking part in the competition. India defeated Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the final to win a record 5th Asia Cup title.

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