It was merchant sailors from Europe who introduced India to cricket India in the late 17th century. The first cricket club emerged in Calcutta in 1792 and was the sixth team to receive test cricket status.
The India national team played its first test match on June 25, 1932, at Lord’s Cricket Field in London. The team won only 32 of its first 196 test matches, making it one of the one weaker teams in international cricket for the first 50 years of the sport and did. It scores its first win until 1952.
Change of fortune
The combined talents of batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath helped resurrect the game of cricket on the Indian subcontinent. All-rounder Kalil Dev and spinners Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Bhagwan Chandrasekhar, and Bishan Singh Bedi (the notorious Indian Spin Quartet) also played major roles in the annals of Indian cricket. Aficionados of online cricket betting will already know this, but a spinner is a bowler who applies wrist action to cause it to spin and deviate from the leg side of a batsman.
Born July 10, 1949, in what is now Mumbai, right-handed batsman Sunil Gavaskar was named India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1966, when he was 17 years old.
The first batsman to score 10,000 runs, Gavaskar was on the Indian National team that won the World Cup in 1983. He retired from active play in 1987 and turned to commentating and writing.
Gundappa “Vishy” Viswanath
Right-handed batsman and leg-break bowler Gundappa Viswanath was born in Bhadravati, Bangalore, on February 12, 1949. He grew up to become one of India’s most notable cricketers, scoring 6,000 runs over 91 appearances between 1975 and 1979.
This renowned fast bowler/middle order batsman earned himself the accolade as “one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders”. He was dubbed by cricket players as one of the greatest coaches ever to grace the sport.
Born Kapil Dev Ram Lal Nikhanj on January 6, 1959, @TheRealKapilDev recently tweeted that a bowler should set his own field, not the captain. In his spare time, Kapil would play football, table tennis, volleyball, and recently, golf. He now earns his keep delivering motivational speeches all over the world.
Born on May 22, 1940, in Bangalore, Karnataka, EAS Prasanna was a right-handed batter and a right-hand break bowler. Described as a chess player, he would out-fox a batter before the ball even left the glove.
A member of the famous Indian Spin Quartet, Prasanna would transform the position of spin bowler from a supporting role to the leading role in a spinning attack. He took a five-year break early in his cricket career to earn an engineering degree.
Captain if the first two World Cup cricket matches, Sri Venkat had one of the longest Test careers in cricketing history. He moved up to the elite ranks of the International Cricket Council Test panel as an umpire when he retired from active play.
Born on April 21, 1945, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Venkat shares his noble surname with a Carnatic singer and a fictional character in the hit television series, How I Met Your Mother.
Born in Mysore on May 17, 1945, Bhagwan Chandrasekhar overcame a polio-injured wrist to become one of India’s finest cricketers. He was not the biggest spinner in the world of cricket, but he could freak out batters, among them West Indian heartthrob Viv Richards, with his repertoire of top spinners, leg-breaks and razor-sharp Googlies.
Chandra scored four ducks in the 1977/78 Australian tour and earned himself a special Gray-Nichols bat with a hole in it. Sadly, Chandra is the only one of the famous spin quartet to have perished before his time in August 2019.
Bishan Singh Bedi
This slow left-arm bowler was born on September 25, 1946, in Amritsar. Domestically, he began playing cricket for Northern Punjab at the age of 15, just two years after having taken up the sport. To put this into its correct perspective, this is considered a late start in cricketing terms.
Bedi exported his talents to play British county cricket in Northamptonshire in England. By the time he Retired from active play, the right-handed batter and slow left-arm bowler had chalked up 1560 wickets, more than any other Indian.