India’s Men In Blue

The reigning Cricket World Cup champions India will be hoping to continue their good form in One Day Internationals going into the 2015 edition Down Under.  Governed by the Board of Control of Cricket in India and a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test, ODI and T20 status, they played their first ODI on 13 July 1974.  The men from the subcontinent had a bit of a reputation for being better suited to Tests in the early days due to their defensive play.
Despite that they managed to secure their first Cricket World Cup title in 1983.  They did get into the shorter format of the game after a few years of struggle with form and structure.  With regard to World Cups, after a very disappointing campaign in 2007 they put on an amazing all round performance in 2011 on home soil.  Under the guidance of Gary Kirsten they recorded just one defeat to South Africa in a group game, and were involved in an action-packed tied match with England to secure second spot.  In the knockout stages they defeated Australia and Pakistan en route to the final where they then went on to cruise past neighbours Sri Lanka with a six wicket victory.
Looking forward to the next edition of cricket’s top honor the Indians are one of the front runners to take the tournament.  As the second ranked team in the ODI rankings, holders of a national record of nine back-to-back ODI wins and with a balanced team in the batting and bowling department they can make some headlines in Australia and New Zealand.  The batting will be key for the subcontinent side and apart from the usual suspects in their playing eleven there are a few senior players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh who will be hoping to get a call up.
The wickets in this part of the world suits the fast bowlers so pace is key and there are a few notable players who will be expecting a call up after some good performances; namely Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma just to name a few.
Prediction: Quarter-Finalists