Indian cricket’s 50-over hurdle
With the 2019 World Cup in sight, and with a set of fatigued players, it will be interesting to see how the team performs in the ICC Champions Trophy, a bellwether for India's cricketing fortunes
No matter how many times India ascend to the top of the Test rankings, or what the administrators say about the primacy of the five-day game, it’s the 50-over world cup that remains Indian cricket’s Holy Grail. It has been that way ever since the halcyon English summer of 1983, when Kapil’s Devils—66 to 1 outsiders at the start of the tournament—shocked the mighty West Indies in the final. It was that victory that launched a “billion dreams", some of which became reality on the night of 2 April 2011, when the trophy was lifted once again.