India A cricket team

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India 'A'
Flag of India.svg
Captain: Cheteshwar Pujara
Coach: Rahul Dravid
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 and Robin Uthappa in limited-overs, and coached by former India cricketer 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).

Current squad[edit]

The India 'A' squad picked for the tri-series against Australia 'A' and South Africa 'A' are listed in bold.[3] This is a list of players who were selected for India A in the past 12 months.

Name Age Batting style Boowling style Domestic team Forms Note
Opening batsmen
Unmukt Chand 22 Right-handed Right-arm off break Delhi LA
Abhinav Mukund 25 Left-handed Leg break Tamil Nadu LA
KL Rahul 23 Right-handed n/a Karnataka FC, LA Occasional wicketkeeper
Jiwanjot Singh 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab FC
Robin Uthappa 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium Karnataka FC, LA Occasional wicketkeeper
Murali Vijay 31 Right-handed Right-arm off break Tamil Nadu LA
Manan Vohra 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium Punjab LA
Middle-order batsmen
Shreyas Iyer 20 Right-handed Right-arm off break Mumbai LA
Kedar Jadhav 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Maharashtra LA
Karun Nair 23 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka FC, LA
Rajat Paliwal 23 Right-handed Right-arm off break Services FC
Manish Pandey 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka LA
Cheteshwar Pujara (Captain) 27 Right-handed Leg break Saurashtra LA
Ambati Rayudu 29 Right-handed Right-arm off break Baroda FC, LA Occasional wicketkeeper
Rohit Sharma 28 Right-handed Right-arm off break Mumbai LA
Gurkeerat Singh 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab LA
Manoj Tiwary 29 Right-handed Leg break Bengal FC, LA
All-rounders
Baba Aparajith 21 Right-handed Right-arm off break Tamil Nadu FC, LA
Stuart Binny 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium Karnataka LA
Rishi Dhawan 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Himachal Pradesh LA
Shreyas Gopal 21 Right-handed Leg break Karnataka LA
Axar Patel 21 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Gujarat LA
Parvez Rasool 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Jammu and Kashmir LA
Vijay Shankar 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Tamil Nadu LA
Karn Sharma 27 Right-handed Leg break Railways LA
Wicket-keepers
Shreevats Goswami 26 Left-handed n/a Bengal FC, LA
Sanju Samson 20 Right-handed n/a Kerala LA
Pace bowlers
Varun Aaron 25 Right-handed Right-arm fast Jharkhand LA
Jasprit Bumrah 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Gujarat FC, LA
Dhawal Kulkarni 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Mumbai FC, LA
Abhimanyu Mithun 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Karnataka LA
Mohit Sharma 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Haryana LA
Sandeep Sharma 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Punjab FC
Rahul Shukla 25 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Jharkhand LA
Anureet Singh 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Railways FC
Shardul Thakur 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Mumbai LA
Jaydev Unadkat 25 Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast Saurashtra LA
Umesh Yadav 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast Vidarbha FC, LA
Spin bowlers
Amit Mishra 32 Right-handed Leg break Haryana FC, LA
Pragyan Ojha 28 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Hyderabad FC, LA
Kuldeep Yadav 20 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman Uttar Pradesh LA

Coaching Staff[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Batsmen with highest first-class cricket averages

(minimum 20 matches, fewer than five Tests):

Name Team Matches Runs Average
S Badrinath Vidarbha 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 20 1497 51.62
Manish Pandey Karnataka 70 4832 50.86
Manpreet Juneja Gujarat 25 1667 50.51

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