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The journey of India in men’s ODI cricket

by Wisden Staff 15 minute read

1947: the independence year of India. And just a digit-flip away from 1974, the beginning of India’s journey in ODI cricket.

One-Day International cricket is a limited-overs format which is played between international teams. The game currently has 50 overs and lasts almost for nine hours.

The first ODI was played in 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne cricket ground.
The entrance of India to ODIs

India started their ODI journey with their first ever match in 1974 which was under the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar.

Up until now, India have played 1,008 ODI matches, winning 526 of those and losing 432. Nine matches were tied and 41 matches had no result.

The Eighties showed a great transformation in the cricket industry for the country. Cricket had started to become more popular than hockey during these times and the cricket team had many young players with strong potential.

Sunil Gavaskar, one of India’s greatest batters, was their first-choice opener in ODIs. Kapil Dev was their finest all-rounder. The India team developed an attack-minded strategy, with the dashing players Mohammad Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar and all-rounders Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri at the team’s core.

India secured their maiden Cricket World Cup title in 1983, defeating West Indies as a result of the Indian team’s strong bowling performance, defending 183 in the final.

Tendulkar has many records pertaining to ODI cricket and has a huge role in the ODI journey of India. Tendulkar scored his first ODI century in 1994 and holds the record for the most centuries in an ODI opener. Sachin was made the captain of India in 1996 and under his captaincy India won 23 ODI matches.
India’s ODI performance in 2000s

This was the era for cricket players with whom the young generations would relate to like Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and many more.

This was the time of the most successful captain of India, MS Dhoni. India won 110 ODI matches under his captaincy.

India performed well during the 2000s and over this period of time the cricket team became highly competitive and India won many matches during this time.

The 2002 Natwest series is always remembered for India chasing 325 in the final against England at Lord’s.

India continued to win many matches after this and the journey still goes on. The Indian cricket team is a great inspiration for the youth who want to build their career in cricket or sports.

Not only the kids but many Indians are big fans of cricket and love watching cricket series be it ODI, IPL, or any other cricket leagues.

This love is also seen growing towards online sports betting in India and many people are placing bets on their favorite matches using the betting apps in India. Betting helps people to get some extra entertainment along with the joy of watching their favorite ODI matches.

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