The new year has arrived and the Indian national cricket team will be busier than ever. There will be new decisions, listed or otherwise. And for the first time, two captains – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – will lead the Indian charge in different formats. In the upcoming ODI series in South Africa, KL Rahul will be the captain of India since Rohit Sharma was injured. (More cricket news)
Despite failing to win any of the ICC tournaments they competed in 2021, it was a memorable year for the Indian cricket team. India started the year at its peak, breaking through ‘Fort Gabba’ and conquering the unprecedented back-to-back Test series in Australia.
India then closed the year with another high altitude, this time becoming the first Asian team to win Test in Centurion, South African citadel. It was a truly memorable year for the test team even though it failed to raise the mace of the upcoming ICC World Test Championship, lost to New Zealand in the six-day final. Given that Kohli is the unofficial mascot of test cricket, an Indian victory would make the occasion suitable for some celebrations.
Meanwhile, India has won all bilateral ODI series, but still failed to win the T20 World Cup as ‘hosts’ in the Middle East, leaving it out of the group stage after the defeat by Pakistan (first at the World Cups) i New Zealand.
Now the Indian cricket team in 2022 is facing new challenges. India can actually start the new year by sealing its first victory in a test series in South Africa. And they are already 1-0 in a series of three games.
Indian cricketers, stars for themselves, will swap national colors for lucrative franchise jerseys and will fight international stars in a seasonal jamboree called the Indian Premier League. IPL 2022 will have a new look with two new teams and more games.
Here’s a look at the upcoming series and tournaments where India will be competing:
Indian tour of South Africa (January): 2. Test – 3.-7. January, Johannesburg; 3rd test – 11.-15. January, Cape Town; 1st ODI – January 19, Paarl; 2nd ODI – January 21, Paarl; 3. ODI – January 23, Cape Town.
West India Tour of India (February): 1st ODI – February 6, Ahmedabad; 2nd ODI – February 9, Jaipur; 3rd ODI – February 12, Kolkata; 1. T20I – February 15, Cuttack; 2. T20I – 18 February, Visakhapatnam; 3. T20I – February 20, Trivandrum.
Sri Lanka Tour of India (February-March): 1st test – 25 February-1. March, Bengaluru; 2nd test – 5.-9. March, Mohali; 1. T20I – March 13, Mohali; 2. T20I – March 15, Dharamsala; 3. T20I – March 18, Lucknow.
IPL 2022. In April-May: Places and dates have not been announced yet. The there will be a mega auction February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The T20 World Premier League is getting bigger with two news franchises skipping the IPL advantage.
South African tour of India (June): 1. T20I – June 9, Chennai; 2. T20I – 12 June, Bengaluru; 3. T20I – 14 June, Nagpur; 4. T20I – June 17, Rajkot; 5. T20I – June 19, Delhi.
Indian tour of England (July): Re-scheduled fifth test – 1.-5. July, Birmingham; 1. T20I – July 7, Southampton; 2. T20I – July 9, Birmingham; 3. T20I – July 10, Nottingham; 1st ODI – July 12, London; 2nd ODI – July 14, London; 3rd ODI – July 17, Manchester.
Indian tour of the West Indies (July-August): 3 ODI and 3 T20I – Places and dates have not been announced yet.
Asian Cup 2022 (September): Place and dates not yet announced.
Australian tour of India (September-October): 4 tests and 3 T20I – Places and dates have not been announced yet.
T20 2022 World Cup in Australia (October-November): Places and dates have not been announced yet.
Indian tour of Bangladesh (November-December): 2 tests and 3 ODI Places and dates have not been announced yet.
* Schedules and schedules are subject to change.