(Last Updated on : 11/04/2017)
The game of Indian cricket from colonial era has generated a whole lot of unforgettable Indian Cricket Personalities, and this does not only consist of players. Unlike most other sports, where only the performers are remembered, cricket has equally immortalised coaches umpires and even commentators. Indian Cricket Personalities played a significant role in further strengthening the game after retirement. Some of the major Indian Cricket Personalities are R Ashwin, P Awana, PP Chawla, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh
, UT Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, I Sharma, I Sharma, IK Pathan and many others.
Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan was an able off spinner, who captained India in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. Nicknamed, Venkat, he also went on to become a reputed international umpire. He officiated in 73 Test matches and 52 one-day internationals during the period 1993 to 2004 following which he retired. After retiring from first-class cricket in 1985, he also became a cricket administrator and the manager the Indian Test team. Venkat was part of the famous quartet of Indian spinners in the 1970s. But he often lost out his place in the side to the other off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who was believed to be more talented of the two. For his all-round contribution to cricket, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003.
Anil Dandekar is an Indian cricket umpire. In India he has stood in matches in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy and the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Sanjeev Dua is an Indian cricket umpire. Sanjeev Dua has umpired 5 Women's One Day International cricket matches, 44 first-class matches, 33 List A matches and 20 Twenty20 matches.
Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma coached India for a brief period in the 90s but did not taste too much success. He will be remembered more for being part of the World Cup winning squad in 1983. His statistics are not phenomenal but he had the ability of delivering with both the bat and ball. Lal played in played 31 Test matches for India and scored just over 1,042 runs averaging 22.65. He also picked up 71 wickets at an average of 40.08 and took 15 catches. He had much better figures at the first class level with 10,000 plus runs and 600 wickets.
Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj also famous as Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev was also India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.
Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15th November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years.
Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer. He is the former captain of India. Often considered as one of the most destructive batsman of the game, Virender Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972. He was affectionately known as Dada is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team of Cricket. Presently Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is cricket commentator and President of Editorial Board with Wisden India. Born into an affluent Brahmin family, Saurav Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly. Saurav Ganguly is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. Saurav Ganguly started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, Saurav Ganguly is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked Saurav Ganguly the sixth greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.
Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He was born in a Marathi family and brought up in Bangalore. He started playing cricket at the age of 12 years and later represented Karnataka at the under-15, under-17 and under-19 levels.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer who captained the Indian team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988. He is an Indian international cricketer who currently captains the Indian national team. A right-handed batsman often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN's list of world's most famous athletes in 2016. He plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and has been the team's captain since 2013.
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane is an Indian international cricketer who is the vice-captain of the Indian Test team. He is a right-handed batsman who made his international debut in a Twenty20 International against England at Manchester in August 2011 and made his Test debut against Australia in March 2013.
Mithali Dorai Raj
Mithali Dorai Raj is captain of the Indian Women's cricket team in Test's and ODI. She is the second highest run scorer in women's international cricket and only second women cricketer to surpass 5,500 run mark
Jhulan Nishit Goswami is an all round cricketer who plays for the India national women's cricket team, Bengal Women, East Zone Women as well as the Asia Women XI women's cricket team. On 1st February 2009, she was appointed to lead the team for the upcoming world cup. An integral part of the team, Jhulan Nishit Goswami is noted for both her batting and bowling capabilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. In the 2006-07 season she guided the Indian team to first test series win in England.