India A cricket team

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India 'A'
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Captain Cheteshwar Pujara (First-class cricket)
Manish Pandey (List A Cricket)
Mandeep Singh (Twenty20 Cricket)
Coach Rahul Dravid
Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey
Team information
Founded 1992
First-class debut England A
in January 14, 1995
at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Official website: Official Website

The India A cricket team is a national cricket team representing India. It is the 'second-tier' of Indian international cricket, below the full India national cricket team. The team is currently captained by Cheteshwar Pujara in first-class cricket, Manish Pandey in List A cricket and Mandeep Singh in Twenty20 cricket. The team is coached by former India captain Rahul Dravid.

The matches played by India A are not considered to be Test matches or One Day Internationals, instead receiving first-class and List A classification respectively. Under the name of 'India Emerging Players', the team also takes part in the Emerging Players Tournament. It has won the Emerging Players Tournament in 2009 and 2011.[1][2]

The team also plays in NKP Salve Challenger Trophy as India Red. The team names were changed for the 2006 version of this tournament. India A became India Red. The team has won the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy four times (2001/02, 2003/04, 2004,05, 2009/10) and shared the trophy thrice (1998/99, 2006/07, 2011/12).

Coaching staff[edit]

India A, under-19 BCCI

Current squad[edit]

This is a list of players who were selected for India A. International cap players are marked as Bold.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team Forms Note
First Class Captain & Batsmen
Cheteshwar Pujara 29 Right-handed Leg break Saurashtra FC 7 Test 100s
List A Captain & Batsmen
Manish Pandey 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium Karnataka LA, T20 396 run scored in 2017 Indian Premier League
List A Vice-Captain & Middle Order Batsmen
Shreyas Iyer 22 Right-handed leg break googly Mumbai FC, LA
T20 Captain & Batsmen
Mandeep Singh 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Punjab T20 1 T20I 50s
Opening batsmen
Abhinav Mukund 27 Left-handed n/a Tamil Nadu FC 2 Test 50s
Priyank Panchal 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium Gujarat FC Most run scorer in 2017–18 Duleep Trophy
Prashant Chopra 25 Right-handed Wicket-keeper H.P. LA Scored 159(140) in 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Sanju Samson 23 Right-handed Wicket-keeper Kerala LA Scored 102(63) in 2017 Indian Premier League
Prithvi Shaw 18 Right-handed Mumbai LA
Middle-order batsmen
Sudip Chatterjee 26 Left-handed leg break googly Bengal FC
Karun Nair 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka FC, LA Test Triple Century on Debut
Ravikumar Samarth 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka FC
Baba Indrajith 23 Right-handed leg break googly Tamil Nadu FC Scored 200(280) in 2017–18 Duleep Trophy
Lower-order batsmen
Deepak Hooda 22 Right-handed Right-arm off break Baroda LA Slogger
Wicket-keeper Batsman
Parthiv Patel 32 Left Handed Wicket Keeper Gujarat FC 395 run scored in 2017 Indian Premier League
Dinesh Karthik 32 Right Handed Wicket Keeper Tamil Nadu LA Most run scorer in 2016–17 Deodhar Trophy & 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Shreevats Goswami 28 Left Handed Wicket Keeper Bengal LA
Rishabh Pant 20 Left Handed Wicket Keeper Delhi LA 24 sixes hit in 2017 Indian Premier League
Pacer All-rounders
Vijay Shankar 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Tamil Nadu LA
Rahul Tripathi 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-Fast Maharashtra LA
Spinner All-rounders
Karn Sharma 30 Left-handed Right-arm leg break googly Railways FC, LA
Jayant Yadav 27 Right-handed Right-arm off break Haryana FC, LA 1 Test 100s
Gurkeerat Singh Mann 27 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab LA
Yuzvendra Chahal 27 Right-handed Right-arm leg break googly Haryana LA 6 ODI Wkts
Krunal Pandya 26 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Baroda LA
Axar Patel 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Gujarat LA 31 ODI Wickets
Washington Sundar 18 Left-handed Right-arm off break Tamil Nadu LA
Left-arm Pace bowlers
Jaydev Unadkat 26 Right-handed Left-arm medium Saurashtra LA 24 wicket taken in 2017 Indian Premier League
Kulwant Khejroliya 25 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Delhi LA
Barinder Sran 24 Left-handed Left-arm medium Punjab FC 7 ODI Wkts, 6 T20I Wkts
Right-arm Pace bowlers
Dhawal Kulkarni 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium Mumbai FC, LA Most wicket taker in 2016–17 Deodhar Trophy
Siddarth Kaul 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium Punjab FC, LA
Kushang Patel 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Gujarat LA Most wicket taker in 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy
Shardul Thakur 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Mumbai FC, LA
Navdeep Saini 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Delhi FC
Sandeep Sharma 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Punjab FC, LA
Ankit Rajpoot 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Uttar Pradesh FC
Mohammed Siraj 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium-Fast Hyderabad FC, LA
Nathu Singh 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium Rajasthan FC
Avesh Khan 20 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Madhya Pradesh FC,LA
Spin bowlers
Rahil Shah 32 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Tamil Nadu LA Best economy rate in 2016–17 Deodhar Trophy
Shahbaz Nadeem 28 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Jharkhand FC, LA
Pawan Negi 24 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Delhi LA 6.12 Economy rate in 2017 Indian Premier League
Kuldeep Yadav 22 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman Uttar Pradesh FC, LA


Batsmen with highest first-class cricket averages

(minimum 20 matches, fewer than five Tests):

Name Team Matches Runs Average
S Badrinath Tamil Nadu 127 9391 58.69
Hanuma Vihari Hyderabad 32 2440 58.09
KL Rahul Karnataka 34 3068 56.81
Manoj Tiwary Bengal 78 5709 53.85
Ankit Bawne Maharashtra 52 3471 53.40
Akshath Reddy Hyderabad 38 2750 52.88
Karun Nair Karnataka 23 1724 50.70
Manish Pandey Karnataka 70 4832 50.86
Manpreet Juneja Gujarat 25 1667 50.51

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