Cricket is currently the most popular and in-demand sport in India and is played almost everywhere in the country. According to statistics, it is cricket that attracts approximately 93% of all sports spectators in India. It follows that cricket has a much larger following than the world-famous football or national Indian sports such as kabaddi or field hockey. Many Indians love this sport so much that they plan their weekend activities, travel, and even work according to the schedule of the Indian cricket team. Loyal fans are looking forward to the most significant competitions in the industry, which bring together the best cricket teams from different parts of India.
Some confrontations between Indian teams become truly iconic and remained in the memory and hearts of fans for a long time. For example, such as the competition between the famous Indian team’s DC vs KKR, which took place as part of the Indian Premier Cricket League, referred to as the IPL. In this article, we will introduce you to the most famous Indian cricket teams, which have received many awards and proved the high skill of their players both nationally and internationally.
Top cricket teams in India
- Among the many teams that have played in various cricket competitions in India or outside the country, it is worth mentioning the most popular and titled of them. In particular, the ranking includes such top Indian teams with the most wins in the Indian Premier League:
- The Mumbai Indians (MI) are a five-time IPL winner, a professional cricket team based in the city of Mumbai. The team’s home ground is Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In terms of brand value, Mumbai Indians surpassed all other franchises that exist in India today. The club is owned by India’s largest conglomerate, Reliance Industries.
- Chennai Super Kings is a cricket franchise that plays in the IPL cricket premier league. Also known by its acronym CSK, the team was founded in 2008 and is owned by India Cements. The team captain is the titled athlete Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One of the team’s main achievements is its playoff appearance in 10 of the 11 seasons played in the Premier League in India. So far, Chennai Super Kings have won 3 IPL titles and been runners-up 4 times.
- Kolkata Knight Riders – One of only three teams with more than three IPL championship victories to their credit, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla and Chawla’s husband Jay Mehta are among the teams. The franchise was purchased for approximately Rs 262.5 crore (approximately US$75.09 million) in 2008 and has become one of the most popular teams in the tournament. In Dinesh Kartik’s debut season as 2018 captain, KKR finished third. In the middle of IPL 2020, the team’s captain stepped down, handing over the reins to Eoin Morgan, who led the team to their third final the following season.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore – Bangalore-based Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Virat Kohli, is part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from Bangalore and plays their home match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. RCB is owned by United Spirits and is one of the original eight teams founded in 2008. Despite having a very strong team, Bangalore has not been able to win a single title in 13 years in the Indian Premier League. RCB placed eighth in the 2017 edition and then placed sixth in the 2018 IPL.
- Delhi Capitals is one of the eight founding teams playing in the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi Capitals, jointly owned by GMR Group and JSW Group, was founded in 2008 as Delhi Daredevils and changed its corporate name in December 2018. Delhi Capitals has a home at Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium. Currently coached by Australian legend Ricky Ponting. The Delhi Capitals reached the semi-finals of the competition twice – in 2008 and 2009, and even topped the table in the last season. However, the team’s high point came in the 2012 season when it reached the IPL playoffs and the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Champions League.
Regardless of which team you support, the fact remains that cricket has been and remains for Indians not just a favorite sport, but a real cult. The consensus is that cricket will remain the most popular sport in India for the foreseeable future, as no other sports even remotely come close to the same level of popularity.