In a nation of more than 1 billion, India is home to some of the world’s most affluent and educated families, and a vibrant culture of sports that’s been a staple of the Indian way of life for centuries.
But the country’s cricketing history has been a patchwork of mediocrity over the decades.
Even when it was on the rise, the country failed to catch up with the world as a whole.
It is a legacy that’s still being pushed to its limits, as Indian cricket continues to struggle with a host of issues that are holding it back from reaching the heights it should.
As India prepares to host the World Cup in 2019, there’s no denying that the sport is the most sought after destination in the country.
But for every cricket superstar, there are hundreds more who have never made it big in the sport.
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India’s past cricketsThe first crickers to really break into the national scene were a few of the countrys greatest cricklers, such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bhuvan Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
They were a team that defied the odds and won more than their share of big honours.
Dhawan, who made his debut at a tender age of 17, would go on to play for the country for over 30 years, winning the World Test Championship title in 1997 and the Indian Premier League title in 2003.
He was known as the ‘cricut’, which translates as the best in the village.
He would be considered by many as one of the best crickerers in the world.
He also had an uncanny ability to get the ball over the line.
Kumar made his Test debut at the age of 24, but he never managed to break into a Test side and instead became an everyday member of the Test side, who would often beat the Aussies to the crease in the early stages of the series.
“It was a very difficult time for us as crickiers because we didn’t have the facilities, so we struggled to break through the Aussie ranks.
But then we got a chance with Rohit and he became one of India’s most successful crickters,” recalled Dhawan.
Rohit Sharma has become one of cricket’s most celebrated crickmakers after scoring 1,000 runs in his career, but the only thing he really enjoyed about cricket was the thrill of victory.
He scored a record of 1,085 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, before he made his full-time Test debut in 2014.
The Indian crickies of the past are mostly unknown in the public eye, but many have made their mark on the game through their batting or fielding.
A few names stand out.
In 2003, a 16-year-old from Uttar Pradesh named Harish Salve was the youngest ever Indian to play Test cricket, and was considered one of world’s greatest batsmen.
He made his international debut for India in 2010.
Salve was a popular choice for the India captaincy as he had a good combination of pace, speed and control.
He was also a very intelligent batsman who could bowl through a lot of batsmen, even if his bowling was not great.
Despite being one of only three Indian cricks to ever play Test, Salve had an unenviable task in making his Test Test debut.
India lost in the World Twenty20 in 2014, and Salve made the cut for the World Cricket Council’s Twenty20 team, but his decision to retire as a crickety batsman was one of his regrets.
He had to take a lot off the table and concentrate on cricket.
“I would have liked to be playing Test cricket at a higher level, I had to give up playing Test for good,” he said.
Salve’s career ended after India won the 2019 World Cup.
Salves would later go on play for India and the country would go into the 2019-20 World Cup, winning it for the first time in 2019.
While India’s cricket team has seen some changes in the last few years, it still has a long way to go to break out from the shadows of England.
For every great cricker in the past, there have been many lesser ones who were overlooked.
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