Year 2015 for Indian cricket has been more of a dismay, as tidings from both field and off field seem tainted. News form the ground, losing the World Cup 2015 and from off the ground, two IPL teams slammed by Supreme Court over spot fixing scandal is enough to dim the image of Indian Cricket. Consecutive instances of scandals, match fixing, management anomaly in the BCCI, suspension of players- all followed one after another.
From the beginning of the year, the Indian team has been performing as if it has encountered a jinx. The Test against Australia came out to be a defeat in the series losing by 0-2. In the Tri-nation Series in Australia, with the host and England, the team's performance was paralytic. Following such performance, the loss in Semifinals in the World Cup was quite justifiable. Leaving aside the domestic matches that drew some enthusiasm among country fans, the team could not show strong performance against Bangladesh in the ODI series.
However, the young Indian Team brought some upbeats on the scenario winning all of the three ODIs and one of the two T20 matches in the Zimbabwe Tour. In the Sri Lanka tour comprising of three Test matches, Team India won by 2-1. It was followed by more upbeat news such as the 3-0 win over the South African Test team.
Now coming to news from off the ground. The year started with two top IPL teams being suspended for two years. Co-owner Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were found guilty and suspended for life from any activity in Cricket by the BCCI. The row made way for two more teams, Pune and Rajkot, integrated to the IPL bandwagon. Another strike was the Nagpur Stadium, which was tagged as an unfavorable ground for international cricket by the ICC. The controversies surrounding Pakistan and India that resulted the cancelation of a bilateral series cannot be left out. Off late, the allegation of corruption by political parties on DDCA came up to be the ending note for the year. The case is dwindling around political spatters.
The return of Yuvi is a great news. BCCI surprised cricket fans by bringing Yuvraj Singh on board for the Australian Tour's T20 matches in January of 2016. The comeback of the player was the latest news in the cricket of the country, while batsman Vijender Sehwag and fast bowler Irfan Pathan retired from cricket.
Year 2015 was a convoluted one for the country’s cricket community. Furthermore, 2015 was a year of change for global cricket as well with many frontline players retiring from international cricket. With more enthralling schedules like the T20 World Cup ahead, 2016 will unfold more spicy revelations.
India and Pakistan ready to battle in Asia Cup
India lining up the bests for Asia Cup
India ready with new squad for Test series
Outstanding Root keeps Series at home thumping
India, England ready for ‘Pressure less’
Pakistan’s intense attack sets Zimbabwe on
Sri Lanka Captain, Manager and Coach suspended
India’s Wrist Spin ensemble to undergo big test
Nepal to play maiden ODI against Netherland in
India wraps up T20 Series against England winning
Shaw-Agarwal pair relieves India A with a strong
West Indies topples Bangladesh at 62 for 6 by end
ICC hardens Codes of Conduct; Ball Tempering will
Kemar Roach slogs Bangladesh to their lowest ever
Finch’s record knock hands greatest T20