By Vivek Krishnan

The BCCI’s growing clout in the administration of the game globally and India’s rise as a team capable of winning anywhere have gone hand in hand .

If India’s 1983 World Cup victory was a seismic event in the context of ODI cricket, the 2007 T20 World Cup had a similar impact in propelling the shortest format. India, under a new skipper in MS Dhoni, began the tournament as reluctant participants – the senior players opted out – but ended up winning the event, thereby changing the landscape of world cricket. While the Indian Premier League (IPL) was already on its way before India won, their triumph helped the T20 league turn into the behemoth that it is today. Dhoni, too, rose in stature as captain, helping the team achieve many impressive results.

His biggest contribution, of course, was leading India to their second ODI World Cup victory in 2011, hitting an unbeaten 91 in the final and capping it off with a six over long-on. India were favourites from the outset and lived up to their billing to give Sachin Tendulkar his first World Cup after five unsuccessful attempts.

As the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag retired, another transition took place with Virat Kohli emerging as the face of the new generation. Kohli eventually took over the captaincy from Dhoni and helped India accomplish some unprecedented feats including a maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018.

Top batter: Virat Kohli (Tests, ODIs) and Rohit Sharma (T20Is)

While Virat Kohli is stuck in a prolonged rut currently, it shouldn’t overshadow the incredible things he’s done with the bat for India across all formats. From scoring four centuries in four Tests against Australia in 2014/15 to acing run chases time and again in limited-overs cricket, he has been the backbone of the Indian batting unit over the last decade. In the shorter formats in particular, Rohit Sharma has also stepped up ably in the last few years.

Top bowler: R Ashwin (Tests), Ravindra Jadeja (ODIs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (T20Is)

R Ashwin has logged incredible numbers in Test cricket since making his debut in 2011, but his middling away record has often been held against him. Regardless, 442 wickets in 86 Tests is worthy of unqualified praise, especially for someone who was considered a limited-overs bowler in the early part of his career. As his career has progressed, Ashwin has also had the benefit of having an excellent seam attack for support. In home Tests, Ashwin has formed a potent spin partnership with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

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