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India’s national cricket team, also called India, is India’s international cricket team. The Indian Cricket Federation is one of the strongest cricket teams in the world and has won the cricket World Cup twice. It is currently ranked second in the global cricket rankings.

It’s becoming way too predictable, isn’t it? The World Cup had a bit of spice in the initial stages, with West Indies and Bangladesh beating some more fancied sides, but the last week or so has become way too one-sided. The top four – New Zealand, Australia, England and India – seem to be in a different zone. Time is running out for the bottom ones to challenge them.

It’s unlikely that Afghanistan will be that team. They’re winless after five matches. Their batting has flopped, their bowling got a beating in their last game against England. Their star bowler Rashid Khan was taken apart for 110 runs in nine overs. There are reports of infighting within the team. The coach, Phil Simmons, has publicly warned of spilling the beans behind the sacking of former captain Asghar Afghan.

The Indian cricket began in the 18th century by the European navigators who visited India. The first cricket gym was established in India in 1792 in Calcutta, while India played its first international official match in 1932 against England’s national cricket team. At the beginning of the 1970’s, India was one of the weakest teams, but with the beginning of 1970 and the emergence of international players in India, such as Sunil Gavankar, Gondaba Viswanath and Kabil Dev, India became one of the strongest teams in the world. In 2011, India managed to win the Cricket World Cup, becoming the third team after Australia’s national cricket team, and the West Indian Cricket Team won the World Cup more than once. India became the first team to win the World Cup.

They now have to pick up the pieces and face another team that’s as much a favourite as the hosts for the tournament – India – in Southampton on Saturday (June 22). Life doesn’t get tougher than this.

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