(Last Updated on : 21/12/2010)
The Indian cricket has seen a lot of ups and downs in its vast history so far. There have been a lot of memorable events in Indian Cricket that are cherished by the Indian Cricket enthusiasts. The team first got importance in the international arena during the MCC tour of India, 1933-34
. That was the tour when the Indian team played with a foreign team for the first time. India`s tour in England, 1936
, was the first ever overseas tour for India and the team made some good impacts on the English cricket fans. The team also brought considerable amount of glory for their country from that tour. After that, neither the Indian cricket team went for any overseas tour nor did any foreign team come for a tour in India for a long period. The Indian cricket during Independence
faced a lot of obstacles and the cricket administrators were forced to concentrate only on the domestic cricket at that period. India`s tour of England, 1946
, was the tour that restarted India`s journey in the international arena and they went to Australia for the first time within a few years. However, India`s first tour of Australia, 1947-48
could not bring much glory for India, as the team lost the Test series by 0-4. However, the Indian team started to get importance from the other cricket playing nations of the world after that series and the cricketing giant; West Indies decided to come for its first tour to India, very shortly. West Indies` first tour of India, 1948-49
, is best remembered for some superb batting displays by two Indian legendary batsmen like Vijay Hazare and Phadkar. Till then, the Indian cricket team was considered as such a team that don`t have that much of capability as a team, but that have some wonderful players to talk about.
However, the scenario changed during the 1950s as the Indian team started to win Test matches against the established teams. India`s first Test win, 1952
, came against the traditional cricket playing nation, England on its home soil at Chepauk, when England came for a tour in India. The great players like, Vinoo Mankad, Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigar contributed most for India`s win in the Test match and the win really helped India a lot to uplift its status as a Test playing nation. After winning a Test for the first time, India went for another tour in England in the same year. India`s tour of England, 1952
, brought a lot of humiliation for the Indian cricket team, as the team lost 4 wickets without scoring a single run, in the first Test of the tour. However, the tour is also remembered for Mankad and Hazare`s heroic innings at the Lord`s during the second Test. Though the team passed a tough series in England, it got its first Test series win in the same year of 1952, as well. India`s first Test series win, 1952
, came against its arch rivals Pakistan.
The decade of 1960s saw more improvement in the performances of the Indian cricket team, as it became successful to win a Test series overseas for the first time in its history, during this decade. The Indian cricket during 1960s
also saw some miserable performances from the team, as it was crushed 0-5 in a Test series against West Indies during this decade. The successes in the decade include beating England in a Test series for the first time and India`s memorable overseas Test series win, 1968
, against New Zealand. However, India`s torment tour of West Indies, 1962
, did give the Indians the taste of failure in the decade. With the exciting series against West Indies in India, 1975, the Indian team started the decade of 1970s in a great manner. Then came India`s world record run chasing, 1976, when India successfully chased a huge target of 403 runs, against West Indies. India`s first tour of Pakistan, 1978, brought the two neighbouring countries near, though India lost the Test series by 0-2. The world record run chasing was almost broken in India`s tour of England, 1979, when India got closer to achieve a target of 438 runs, against England.
The 1980s started with India`s tour of Australia, 1981, and the tour is best remembered for Kapil Dev`s extraordinary all-round performance that helped India clinch a 59 runs victory against Australia. Then came the historical Prudential Cup, 1983, where India made history by becoming the king of all cricket-playing nations. India continued its dream run, after winning the Prudential Cup and it also won the Benson and Hedges Cup in Australia, 1985. India`s historical win over Pakistan, 1985, proved that the Indian cricket team`s winning the World Cup was not a fluke. India`s memorable tour of England, 1986, increased the team`s glory further and the India-England historical tie-Test, 1986, was also a part of that tour.
In the 1990s, the Indian cricket team went a step further and it organised the World Cup tournament, for the second time in its history. India and World Cup cricket, 1996
, is inseparable, as the country along with the other sub-continental countries changed the way of organising World Cup, forever in the event. The new millennium started with the memorable India-Australia Test Cricket series, 2001
, where India made history by winning a Test match, after being forced to follow-on in the second innings. To talk about the Indian Cricket in New Millennium
one should mention the team`s wonderful performances in the Natwest series in England and also in the World Cup, 2003. Then came, India`s tour of Australia, 2003-04
, where India once again proved themselves against the World Champion team. India`s first Test series win in Pakistan, 2004
brought a lot of glory for the Indian cricket enthusiasts, as India achieved the feat for the first time. India`s tour of Pakistan, 2006
, proved the team`s excellence in the one-day matches and the team also brought a lot of glory for their countrymen from the tour.