The difficult period for Team India, which began with the T20 World Cup last year, is far from over. For the first time in this mega event, the Indian team was defeated by Pakistan. Then they also failed to make it to the semi-finals. Following this, there was a captaincy controversy, and the South African tour was defeated in both the Test and ODI series. That, too, when we were up against the weakest South African team in history.
In such a situation, the question arises as to whether the Indian team’s Golden Era has come to an end. Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli were three of India’s most brilliant captains during this period.
Team India learned to work together with the rest of the world under Ganguly’s leadership. In white ball cricket, Dhoni twice led the team to world titles. At the same time, the team advanced in red ball cricket under Virat’s captaincy.
Let us look at what India has accomplished under these captains’ leadership and what the future holds.
Ganguly walked away from the match-fixing era.
Mohammad Azharuddin was sentenced to life in prison in December 2000 for match-fixing. Ajay Jadeja was also given a five-year ban. Sachin Tendulkar has decided to step down as captain of the Indian cricket team. After that, Sourav Ganguly was unexpectedly named captain of the team at the age of 28.
India, led by Ganguly, was the first country to stop Australia’s winning chariot. The Kangaroos were defeated by India in 2001 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, after winning 16 consecutive Tests. India also won the series with a victory in the Chennai Test. The NatWest Trophy was won in England in 2002. The Indian team made it to the World Cup final in 2003. India played in the World Cup final for the first time in 20 years. Then, in 2004, India drew the Test series against Australia in Australia and won their first Test match, followed by a Test series in Pakistan.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India has won three ICC events.
The Indian team became a fighter under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership, but they were unable to win the world championship. This void was filled by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After Dhoni was named captain, the perception of Indian cricket shifted. The stakes were high in the 2007 T20 World Cup to make Dhoni the captain, and the selectors’ dice rolled correctly.
By defeating Pakistan in the final, Dhoni’s youth brigade made history. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not look back after that. Following his success in the T20 World Cup, he was given the ODI captaincy, and within a year, he was given the Test captaincy. Under Dhoni’s leadership, India rose to the top of the Test rankings for the first time in 2009. Dhoni was the captain of the Indian team that won the ODI World Cup in 2011, ending a 28-year drought.
MS became the first captain in the world to win all three ICC trophies when he won the Champions Trophy in 2013. Many players’ careers were launched during Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. He produced superstars like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Virat Kohli under his leadership.
Kohli has made us the best in Test cricket.
After MS Dhoni stepped down as captain in 2015, Virat Kohli was named Test captain. Under his leadership, Team India performed admirably. Virat’s bat rained heavily as well. Kohli’s first Test match as captain was against Australia in Adelaide in 2014, during which he scored centuries in both innings. India raised the flag of success both at home and abroad under the captaincy of King Kohli.
In Test cricket, the Indian team, led by Virat Kohli, remained at the top of the rankings for 42 months. In October 2016, the team became number one in Tests for the first time under Kohli’s captaincy, and they remained there until March 2020. In and of itself, reigning for 42 months in Test cricket is a significant achievement.
India won the Test series against Australia 2-1 at home in 2018-19 under Virat’s captaincy. Kohli became the first Asian captain to beat the Kangaroos in a Test series on home soil with this victory. Kohli scored 282 runs in seven innings for an average of 40.29 in this series as captain. Kohli was Team India’s most successful Test captain.
He won 40 matches for his country while leading the team in 68 matches. Kohli had a win percentage of 58.82 percent. The unique aspect is that Virat won 16 of his 40 matches while playing on foreign soil. During the South Africa tour, however, this trend came to an end.