The game of football has evolved, but its roots lie in the roots of cricket, with many of the fundamentals still being the same.
The game’s oldest and most famous names are still around, and there are a few that have passed away.
Here are 10 iconic names of Indian cricket, from the likes of Pandit Dhoni and Suresh Raina, to the current stars.
Pandit Bhuvneshwar Kumar Pandit has been the cricketer of India’s most successful side for over a decade, having won the World Cup with the national side in 2014 and the Asian Cup in 2018.
He has won two World Cups and the ODI and T20I championships and played in three World Cups.
The most recognisable aspect of his style of cricket is his iconic ‘dabra’ – a traditional Indian spin bowler with a short left arm.
He also wears the distinctive white turban he used during his international career, a nod to the country’s religious beliefs.
Kumble Kumar Kumble, a native of the south-western state of Bihar, is a five-time All-Indian Test captain who captained the Indian side at the 2019 World Cup and the 2021 World Cup.
Kumbhir Sharma was the second-highest scorer in Indian cricket in 2019 after being named the player of the tournament.
His team is the world’s top-ranked side, but they are also in the midst of a very difficult period with the BCCI trying to reform the game to ensure more fairness for the game’s top players.
Ashish Nehra Ashish is the longest-serving Test captain in Indian history.
His reign is marked by an unprecedented run of four successive World Cups in which India were victorious.
In 2018, India won the Champions Trophy, the most successful tournament in the history of the game, and in 2019, they reached the quarter-finals of the Ashes series.
Nehra is known for his tactical flair and he also played the role of an authority figure for the team, often standing up in the middle of a match and reminding the other players to respect the opposition’s line-up.
Shashank Manohar Manohammar was one of the greatest cricketers in the world.
In just over a century, Manoharan has amassed a record of 10 World Cups, the second most of any Indian player.
The captain also played a key role in the success of the Indian team in the 2019 and 2022 World Cups as they reached their second successive World Cup final.
He retired in 2018 and is survived by his wife, Roshni, son and daughter-in-law.
Sachin Tendulkar Sachin was the greatest Test batsman in history, having scored a staggering 8,867 Test runs in his illustrious career.
He captained India for nearly 30 years, leading them to six successive World T20s and three Indian Super League titles.
Tendulkars greatest triumph came when India defeated England in the 1986 World Cup to become the first country to win an Ashes series since the 1950s.
The team has also played in the Champions Cup and T10I tournaments, the latter of which they won.
6, Kumble’s legacy Kumbhakar, who played for India for eight years, was also a legend of the sport.
He is remembered for his fiery personality and was a key member of the team that won the 1971 World Cup, despite being under-strength.
His last innings came in a Test match against West Indies in 2014, when he was batting on 99, while West Indies batsman Darren Sammy had been on 107.
Kunti Pandit played the lead role in Kumbles first Test match in New Zealand.
Ashok Narayan Pandit is one of cricket’s greatest spinners and captains India in three successive World Cricket Council (CWC) tournaments.
He was part of India team that defeated England for the first time in the World Twenty20 in 2017.
In the World T10, he took the top spot after scoring six centuries, while in the ICC Champions Trophy and T50, he bagged five centuries.
The two-time World T100 winner has also been a great ambassador for the sport, having visited the US and Australia to promote cricket.
Rahul Dravid Dravids iconic batting form is in question after sustaining a fractured right shoulder in India’s series-deciding defeat to England in 2016.
He had a series-high five centuries and also played one Test match for the national team.
Dravidas greatest contribution to the game came in 2019 when he led India to their maiden title.
His captaincy in the Test match series against England also helped India win the World Trophy.
Ashutosh Gowda Gowda was the most celebrated batsman of his generation, having captained and won India’s first