The Indian Cricket Team has been dominating the world cricket for the past one year. Despite, facing stiff opponents like South Africa, England and Australia, Indian Cricket team has performance were appreciated, with the overseas win in both One Day International (ODIs) and Test Series. Let us look at the performance of Indian Cricket team in the year 2018.
In the three-Test series against South Africa, India lost 2-1, winning the inconsequential third Test. In the test series, first test was won by South Africa by 72 runs, Second Test was won once again by South Africa by 135 runs. The Third and final was won by India by 63 runs. This final win enabled India to retain the number one place in the ICC Test Championship. In the ODI internationals and T20 internationals, India swept the series 5-1. This resulted in India's first ODI series win in South Africa. This enabled India maintaining their number one ranking in the ICC ODI Championship. Virat Kohli scored the most runs in a bilateral ODI series by a player, with 558 runs.
The India cricket team toured England to play five Tests, three One Day International (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20Is) matches. India won the T20I series 2-1. In the first T20, Virat Kohli became fastest to score 2,000 runs in terms of innings in T20Is. In the ODI series, England won the series 2-1. India lost 4-1 winning just the third Test that kept them alive in the series for a while. Despite losing the series, Indian coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli have been confident and calling their side, defiant, calling this Indian unit the best travelling Indian team.
The West Indies cricket team toured India from September to November 2018 to play two Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. India won the test series (2-1) and One day International (ODI) series 3-1 and T20I series 3-0.
It was a cricket tournament that was held in Sri Lanka in March 2018.It was a tri-nation series between Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. India progressed to the final after they beat Bangladesh by 17 runs in the fifth T20I match. Bangladesh joined India in the final, after they beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in the final group game Indian cricket team won the final against Bangladesh by 4 wickets.
The 2018 Asia Cup (One-Day International (ODI)) cricket tournament that was held in the United Arab Emirates in September 2018. This game was the 14th edition of the Asia Cup and the third time the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates, after the 1984 and 1995 tournaments. India were the defending champions, and retained their title, after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final.
The Indian cricket team is currently touring Australia from November 2018 to January 2019 to play four Tests. With the three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches yet to be completed. India made test series 2-1. Indian Cricket team created history with a 2-1 series win over Australia in their home ground. By this win, Kohli became the first-ever Indian captain to win a series. It should be noted that neither Sourav Ganguly nor Sunil Gavaskar nor MS Dhoni could achieve this feat. With the year 2018 going in the positive way, Indian cricket team maintained its number one position in test ranking while retaining the second position in ODIs.
Both the bowling and batting departments have worked together as a strong unit. In the entire year, despite some hiccups in England, the entire Indian pace attack has been seen as a strong cooperative which performed as the world-class fast bowling attacks. With the speed and variation, the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma in Tests have looked world class. Along with Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav the Indian bowling attack gave a tough challenge to South African and Australian batsmen. For the very first time, the Indian bowlers have looked strong and confident and took around 20 wickets in all formats. In the batting line, a strong batting combination of captain Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, have been crucial to India best performance. In the test series, Chetestwar Pujara played a dominant role. To add to this, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, and Mohammed Shami have been displaying their bowling and fielding skills on the ground.
With the aggressive captaincy of Virat Kohli inspiring his fellow team members, Indian cricket team was able remain stand strong behind big opponents. The way the current Indian cricket team is performing now, it proves to the world perfectly that it deserves to be at the No. 1 rank in Tests and ODIs. With ICC World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales, India will be a top contender for the ICC World Cup 2019.