Bowling Captains: It is known that India lost in the final of the recently concluded World Test Championship. But did you notice that Pat Cummins, who led the opposing Australian team, is a bowler? There are very few occasions when a bowler has represented himself like that. But there are six bowlers who have led India in the history of Team India. Now let’s see who they are.
Jun 15, 2023 | 7:10 AM
Ghulam Ahmed: Ghulam Ahmed was the first bowling captain to lead Team India. This former cricketer from Hyderabad played 22 matches and took a total of 68 wickets in his career. As the captain of the Indian team, he was in charge of three Test matches, losing 2 of them and drawing the other.
Srinivas Venkataraghavan: Among the bowling captains who led the Indian team was Srinivas Venkataraghavan, a former cricketer from Tamil Nadu. After Sachin Tendulkar and Lala Amarnath, Srinivas is the third longest serving cricketer for India. But this bowling captain led India in all 12 matches. In the 3 Test matches played by him as captain, Team India was defeated.. 2 were drawn. Also in ODI cricket, India has won 1 and lost 6 matches. After finishing his cricket career, this former captain also worked as an umpire for many matches.
Bishan Singh Bedi: Former Indian left-arm spinner Bishan Singh is also in the list of bowlers who led Team India. He captained Team India in all 26 matches. There are 22 Test matches and 3 ODIs in them. Meanwhile, India won 7 matches and lost 14 under Bishan’s captaincy. Also 5 matches were drawn.
Kapil Dev: Everyone knows about Kapil Dev who made India the first world champion. The former cricketer is an all-rounder but primarily a fast bowler. Under the leadership of Kapil, India played a total of 106 matches (Test, ODI). Out of them, India won 43 and lost 40 matches. Another 23 matches ended in draws.
Ravi Shastri: Team India’s former head coach Ravi Shastri is also the captain of India. When India played a Test under Shastri’s leadership, we won it. Also, while Ravi Shastri was the captain for 11 ODI matches, there were 4 wins and 7 losses.
Anil Kumble: Almost everyone knows about Team India’s legendary spinner Anil Kumble. Team India played 11 Tests under this former captaincy who bowled on the ground for the team even though he had a head injury. They have 3 wins, 5 losses and 6 draws. In addition, the team won the only ODI played under Kumble’s captaincy.
Jasprit Bumrah: It is known that young bowler Jasprit Bumrah led Team India in the rescheduled match against England last year. Bumrah was chosen as the captain as Rohit was absent for this match. What is special is that the team captained by Bumrah also includes seniors like Kohli, Chhateshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja.
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