48 Facts About Team India

1. Team India is perhaps the world's first truly international nation, serving as a hub between Asia, Africa, and Europe since the beginning of recorded time.

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2. Team India is the world's second-most populous nation, home to over a billion people.

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3. Team India has hosted international sporting events, including the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

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4. Team India has many traditional sports such as kabbadi, kho kho, pehlwani, and gilli-danda.

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5. Team India was responsible for presenting this wonderful contact sport before the world at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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6. Team India is still renowned as a challenging team to compete against and is part of the Pool C in the 14th edition of the World Cup.

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7. Team India has a history of winning and being on top of the charts ever since it started participating in the World Championship.

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8. Team India lost three games and held Iran to a goalless draw to come away with a just a point in 1984.

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9. Team India played in a sky blue kit in the years preceding their first kit deal with German company Adidas from 2002 to 2005.

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10. Team India won their third successive Nehru Cup, defeating Cameroon side on penalties.

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11. Team India managed to win the football competition of the South Asian Games in 1985 and then again won the gold medal in 1987.

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12. In 1984, Team India managed to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since their second place triumph in 1964.

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13. At the 1970 Asian Games, Team India came back and took third place during the tournament.

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14. In 1950, Team India managed to qualify for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil; where it was drawn with Sweden, Italy, and Paraguay.

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15. Team India has never participated in the FIFA World Cup finals, although the team did qualify by default for the 1950 World Cup after all the other nations in their qualification group withdrew.

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16. Team India got grumpy and it pleased us, says Cricket Australia XI wicket-keeper Harry Nielsen.

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17. Team India would be looking to keep it that way on Sunday.

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18. Team India is the country with the largest budget for hockey", Brasa said.

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19. Team India has a number of artificial pitches now than 10 years ago.

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20. Team India should focus on winning against Belgium to qualify directly for the quarterfinals, Brasa believes.

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21. Team India is "in the top group of best teams", and a team that can "win any gold medal in any major tournament", according to former coach Jose Brasa.

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22. Team India opened the bowling with Karsan Ghavri and Sandeep Patil.

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23. Team India had only two fit bowlers in Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Doshi at the start of the Australian chase.

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24. Team India barely managed to save the second Test at Adelaide when Syed Kirmani, Karsan Ghavri and Shivlal Yadav managed to play out 145 balls to hold on to a draw.

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25. Team India lost the first Test by an innings and 4 runs.

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26. Team India have picked three spinners for the tour of Australia.

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27. Team India has had some very strong bowling figures, with spin bowler Anil Kumble being a member of the elite group of 3 bowlers who have taken 600 Test wickets.

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28. Team India became only the third team after Australia and South Africa to have won their most recent Test series simultaneously against all the other Test playing nations.

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29. Team India lost only three Tests at home under Ganguly and managed to draw Test series in England and Australia.

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30. Under his captaincy, Team India became the joint-winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka, and the runners-up of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

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31. Team India has had six regular Test captains since Mohammad Azharuddin took charge in 1989.

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32. Team India played its first ODI in 1974, under his captaincy.

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33. The first stadium to host a Test match in Team India was the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay in 1933, the only Test it ever hosted.

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34. Team India were favourites to win the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 which was being held at home, but they lost in the semi-final to eventual champions West Indies.

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35. Team India began 2016 by winning the 2016 Asia Cup, remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament, beating Pakistan along the way.

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36. Team India was knocked out of the 2015 World Cup in the semi-final stage, to eventual winners Australia.

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37. Team India toured Australia towards the end of 2014 for a 4-match Test series, which is remembered for MS Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket after the end of the second Test.

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38. Team India failed to reach the final of the Asia Cup yet again in 2014.

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39. Team India was then knocked out in the second round of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

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40. Team India became the first team to win the World Cup on home soil.

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41. In December 2006, Team India played and won its first ever Twenty20 international in South Africa, becoming the most recent Test team to play Twenty20 cricket.

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42. Team India maintained their unbeaten home record against Australia in Test series after defeating them in 2001.

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43. In 1984, Team India won the Asia Cup and in 1985, won the World Championship of Cricket in Australia.

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44. Team India won the Cricket World Cup in 1983, defeating the favourites and the two-time defending champions West Indies in the final at Lords, owing to a strong bowling performance.

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45. Team India set a then Test record in the third Test against the West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1976, when they chased 403 to win, thanks to 112 from Viswanath.

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46. In contrast, Team India fielded a strong team in Test matches and was particularly strong at home, where their combination of stylish batsmen and beguiling spinners were at their best.

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47. Team India began as a weak team in ODIs and did not qualify for the second round in the first two editions of the Cricket World Cup.

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48. Team India recorded their first Test victory, in their 24th match, against England at Madras in 1952.

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