India in ICC Events: Winning an ICC title is the ultimate goal of all the captains in this cricketing world. This title win is a matter of glory.
Australia is the only team who have won the most ICC Trophies till now and they will eye for another trophy by winning the World Test Championship final against India.
The most awaited clash of the WTC 2023 Final will start today in London.
India is a country where a captain and the team are said to be good only if they win an ICC trophy. In the last ten years, India hasn’t won a single trophy in the tournaments hosted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
India has always been the favourite to win the ICC trophy. But somehow, they have lacked the intensity to perform in crunch situations during the knockout matches.
Since 2013, India hasn’t put their foot on the accelerator paddle to win International tournaments like the WC, WTC, or WT20. Now Rohit Sharma and his men will want to grab their hands on the WTC title.
Under Virat Kohli, Team India ended this Test tournament as the runner-up after they lost to New Zealand in WTC 2021 Final which was played at Southampton.
Today, we will highlight two exceptional Indian players who achieved the remarkable feat of lifting an ICC Trophy as captains at the international level.
Let us start with the captain who won the first ever world cup tournament for India. Kapil Dev is the first Indian skipper to win the World Cup of the One Day International Format for the men in blue side.
India defeated the giant West Indies team twice in that tournament and won the first-ever ODI WC in 1983 at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
The Haryana Hurricane also bailed the team out in a match against Zimbabwe from a tricky situation. Kapil Pajji scored unbeaten 175 runs against them which is the highest score by an Indian batter in the world cup tournament till now.
Dev was only 24 years old when achieve this magnificent feat and he is still the youngest skipper to lift a World Cup trophy.
The only captain who has won all three ICC Tournaments is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Apart from winning five trophies of the Indian Premier League, Mahi Bhai also won the T20 World Cup in 2007 by defeating Pakistan in that final at Johannesburg.
Then he won the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011. That win came after 28 long years and the last ICC Title win was also under MS Dhoni’s legacy. Dhoni and his men won the ICC Champions Trophy when Team India defeated the host of that ICC event, England.
MS also won the Asia Cup in 2010 and the Asia Cup in the shortest (T20I) format in 2016.
Rohit Sharma was the first player to win five IPL titles for his franchise team Mumbai Indians. But that record now has been equalled by Chennai Super Kings after they won their fifth IPL trophy in TATA IPL 2023 edition.
Sharma has an uphill task of winning the WTC 2023 final and after that, there is the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 that will be played in India.
Under MS Dhoni, India also became the first host country to win the ODI World Cup in 2011. Before 2011, no countries had achieved that feat and still, no host country has won the T20 World Cup.
So the onus is on the men in blue side to repeat history once more in 2023. Before the 2023 WC, India will also play the Asia Cup in the fifty-overs format, which will be a dress rehearsal for that main ICC event in the ODI format.