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Indian cricket team is one of the best teams in cricket world. In 2011, India won the ICC ODI World Cup under Dhoni's captaincy after 28 years. In 1983 India won the first ODI World cup, Kapil Dev as the captain. From 2007 to 2011 slowly India occupied No.1 position in Test format by winning 10 Test seires out of 16 and lost just 2 Test series (Australia 1-2 and Srilanka 1-2) with 4 series equal. In home ground spinners, batsmen played main role whereas in foreign tours seamers and batsmen did it. Bowlers did great job in unfavourable pitches also. With the 2011 world cup India reached peak position, decline started.
India faced 2 white washes in England and Australia and lost the home Test series to England. India won series against small teams like Newzealand and West Indies. Seniors form affected Indian cricket mainly in this period although some youngsters tried to settle.
After 2011 ODI World cup:
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Last upto 2nd T20 vs Pakistan
2007 T20 World cup to 2011 ODI World cup
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India in West Indies:
The Indian cricket team toured West Indies from 4 June to 10 July 2011. The tour consisted of one Twenty20 (T20), five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Tests. India faced Windies bowlers in Test matches with the absence of seniors Sachin Tendulkar, Virendar Sehwag and Gautham Gambhir. India won the 3 Test series by 1-0, ODI series by 3-2 and won the single T20 match. Though India won the Test series, struggled in the batting due to lack of good openings.
India in England:
The Indian cricket team toured England from 21 July to 16 September 2011. The tour consisted of one Twenty20 International (T20I), five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and four Test matches. The opening Test at Lord's was the 2,000th Test. India's decline in Test matches started with this tour. India returned home with empty hand as it lost the 4 Test series by 0-4, 5 ODI series by 0-3, and single T20 match. India lost the number one ranking in the tests to England due to this white wash.
England in India:
The England cricket team toured India from 14 October to 29 October 2011. The tour consisted of one Twenty20 International (T20I) and five One Day Internationals (ODIs). India answered England with good performance in ODIs but failed to win in T20. India won the ODI Series by 5-0 and lost the single T20 match.
West Indies in India:
The West Indies cricket team toured India from 6 November to 11 December 2011. The tour consisted of three Test matches and five One Day Internationals (ODIs). One of the India's best spinner Ravichandra Aswin started his Test career with this series. India again showed its strength in the home ground by winning the 3 Test series by 2-0 and ODI series by 4-1.
India in Australia:
The Indian cricket team toured Australia from 15 December 2011 to 28 February 2012. The tour included four Tests, two Twenty20s (T20Is), and eight ODIs as part of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series which also involved Sri Lanka. India faced another white wash in foreign tours. India lost the 4 Test series by 0-4 and levelled T20 series by 1-1. Rahul Dravid announced retirement for his international cricket career after this Test series.
India ended with the ODI tri-series by finishing last in the ODI tri-series, with three wins, one tie and four losses from its eight ODIs and did not make it to the best of three finals.
The Asia Cup was held between 11 March and 22 March. Although India won the 2 matches against Pakistan and Srilanka, lost one match to Bangladesh which stopped India to Final. Sachin achieved his 100 th Internationa hundred in the 2nd match of India against Bangladesh.
India in South Africa:
India won the single T20 match which was held on 30 march 2012.
India in Sri Lanka:
The Indian cricket team toured Sri Lanka from 21 July to 7 August 2012. The tour consisted of five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I). India won the ODI series by 4-1 and won the single T20 match by returning to its form in limited over matches. In this ODI series India reached an achievement by noting 400 wins in One Day International matches.
Newzealand in India:
New Zealand toured from 23 August 2012 to 11 September 2012 and played two Test matches and two Twenty20 Internationals. India continued its Test victorys in home ground by winning the 2 Test match series by 2-0 but lost the single T20 match. VVS Laxman announced retirement for his International cricket career before this Test series.
T20 World Cup:
The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 took place in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7, 2012 which was won by the West Indies. This is the first World Twenty20 tournament held in an Asian country. India was kept in group A with England and Afghanistan. India qualified to Super-8 by winning all group matches. Although India won 2 out of 3 matches in Super-8, failed to qualify to Semi-Final by losing one match Against Australia by 9 wickets. This was 3rd time to India not to qualify to Semi-Final in T20 International World Cup.
England in India:
The England cricket team is touring India from 30 October 2012 to 27 January 2013. The tour consists of four Test matches, five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 International matches. India failed to continue its good form in home ground by losing 4 Test match series to England by 2–1. England won the Test series in India after 28 years which lead to think about the team and captaincy. The former England captain Michael Vaughan said that the series victory was bigger than the 2010–11 Ashes series victory in Australia. India finished the T20 series by 1-1. On 23 December 2012, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODI cricket.
Pakisthan tour of India:
The Pakistan cricket team is touring India from 25 December 2012 to 6 January 2013. The tour consisted of three One Day International, and two Twenty20 International matches.This is Pakistan's first cricket tour of India in five years. India levelled the T20 series by 1-1
Test Players Performance:
Gautam Gambhir is a left-handed opening batsman, who can also play in the middle order. He is currently the highest run-scorer for India in the Twenty20 Internationals and 9th highest in the ODIs. He is the only Indian batsman to score more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. He is also the only Indian, and one of only four international cricketers, to have scored five hundreds in five consecutive test matches. In 2009, he was the number one ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings. The same year, Gambhir was the recipient of the ICC Test Player of the Year award
But Gambhir didn't make atleast one century after 2011 world cup which lead in weak opening partnerships in this period. He just gained 705 runs in 27 innings with 26.11 avg as his career avg was 44.18
Virender Sehwag is a right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009. Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls) as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka in Mumbai). His other innings of 309 and 293 are also the second and third best by any Indian player.In March 2009, Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls. On 8 December 2011, he hit his maiden double century in ODI cricket, against West Indies, becoming the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to reach the landmark. His score remains the highest individual score in ODI cricket – 219 off 149 balls. He is the only player in world to score a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test Cricket.
Sehwag also didn't perform notably in this period by just making 865 runs in 26 innings with an avg of 33.27. His career avg was 50.05. He made just one century during this period which is also in home land only. In early February a rift had been drawn between the Indian Skipper (MS Dhoni) and Virender Sehwag, but it had been solved.
Rahul Dravid was a middle ordet right-handed batsmen. Popularly nicknamed "The Wall", he has been described as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He received the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year awards at the inaugural ICC awards ceremony in 2004. As of October 2012, Dravid is the third-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, and the third Indian cricketer to exceed 10,000 runs both in Tests and in ODIs. Wisden ranked him the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Don Bradman and Tendulkar. As of April 2009, he is the only cricketer to score a century in all ten Test-playing countries. In August 2011, after receiving an unexpected call to play in the ODI series against England, Dravid declared his retirement from ODIs as well as Twenty20 International (T20I).
[[[Rahuld Dravid]]] is the only senior who played well in this period by getting 1222 runs in 27 innings which include 5 centuries and 4 fifties. He had done well in Windies and England tours of India and India tour of Windies but failed to continue his form in Australia tour. He was repeatedly bowled in Australia tour. He announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket after this tour.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest living batsman, master blaster, god of cricket, and second only to Don Bradman in the all time greatest list in Test cricket. In One Day Internationals (ODIs), statistics confirm that Sachin is by far the most successful batsman. In 2002, The Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Bradman, and the second greatest one-day-international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. He has been recommended for the receipt of the Bharat Ratna award, in fact it has been speculated that the criteria for the award of the Bharat Ratna was changed to allow him receive the award. On 5 December 2012, Tendulkar became first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of the game put together.He became the first ever player to score a double-century in the history of ODIs. Two years later he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.
Though Sachin's magic wand gave 100 International hundreds, he didn't make atleast one century after 2011 world cup in Test matches which somewhat weakened the middle order. He just made 953 runs from 30 innings with an avg of 31.77. Upto march 2012 pressure continued on him due to 100 th hundred. After this achievement, he failed to regain his form by removing pressure. Many former players suggested to retire from the International cricket. But due to continuous failures , On 23 December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs.
VVS Laxman was a right-handed middle order batsman. He is noted for his superb timing and the ability to hit against the spin. Laxman is particularly noted for the skilful use of his supple wrists, which allow him to flick the ball to various places, but usually through the leg side. Laxman is noted most for his batting against Australia, in both Tests and One Day Internationals. Six out of his 17 Test hundreds, and four out of his six ODI hundreds have come against Australia. He has two double-centuries in Tests, both of them against Australia.
VVS Laxman didn't continue his superb partnerships with lower order batsmen in major tour matches except in a few innings in this period. Also he had done better performance than Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin and MS Dhoni during this period, as a senior he took the responsibility for Test losses and On 18 August 2012, Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team. Under Dhoni's captaincy India became the first team after a gap of more than 20 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. Dhoni also led the Indian team to the number one position in ICC rankings in Test cricket for the first time. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007–08, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and 2010 against Australia 2–0, Asia cup 2010 and 2011 World Cup. His Test, ODI record is best among all the Indian captains to date. In the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he hit 91 not out of just 79 balls to lead India to victory.
Dhoni's cool captaincy didn't work after 2011 world cup. Two Test whitewashes on one hand and Test series loss in home ground in the other hand gave chance to remove Dhoni as Test captain. Many former players had suggested selection committee to continue Dhoni as just a player whereas some suggested that 3 formats should had 3 captains.Recently Amaranath announced that BCCI president blocked Dhoni's removal. "It was a unanimous decision, all five selectors supported it. The Board President (Srinivasan) did not approve the unanimous decision to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” Amarnath told CNN-IBN.
Zaheer is the main pace and seem bowler of Indian cricket team from 2000. He is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways. Zaheer is one of the best bowlers who bowl Reverse swing well.
He was in good form upto 2011 world cup. But later he gradually lost his form due to injuries. With many criticisms Zaheer was dropped from 4 th test squad in the tour of England in India.
Harbhajan Singh Plaha is an specialist spinner. He has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan. He became the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.He was conferred the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.
These are players statastics from Windies tour after 2011 world cup to England tour in India in 2012-13 .
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( Collected from Individual matches)
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