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 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 Bowling style Domestic team Forms Note
Opening batsmen
Unmukt Chand (LA Captain) 22 Right-handed Right-arm off break Delhi LA
Shikhar Dhawan (FC Vice-Captain) 30 Left-handed Right-arm off break Delhi FC Tests : 19
Mayank Agarwal 24 Right-handed n/a Karnataka LA, T20
Abhinav Mukund 26 Left-handed Leg break Tamil Nadu FC
KL Rahul 23 Right-handed n/a Karnataka FC, LA Occasional wicketkeeper
Jiwanjot Singh 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab FC
Robin Uthappa 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium Karnataka FC, LA Wicketkeeper, ODI : 43
Manan Vohra 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium Punjab T20
Middle-order batsmen
Ambati Rayudu 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Baroda FC 2 ODI 100s
Suresh Raina 29 Left-handed Right-arm off break Uttar Pradesh LA
Shreyas Iyer 21 Right-handed Right-arm off break Mumbai FC
Kedar Jadhav 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Maharashtra LA ODI : 4
Karun Nair 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka FC
Manish Pandey 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Karnataka LA, T20 Played 1 ODIs
Cheteshwar Pujara (FC Captain) 28 Right-handed Leg break Saurashtra FC
Gurkeerat Singh 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab LA
Mandeep Singh(T20 Captain) 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Punjab LA, T20
Pacer All-rounders
Stuart Binny 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium Karnataka LA Tests : 6
Rishi Dhawan 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Himachal Pradesh LA
Vijay Shankar 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Tamil Nadu FC, LA
Spinner All-rounders
Karn Sharma 28 Right-handed Leg break Railways LA
Shreyas Gopal 22 Right-handed Leg break Karnataka LA
Axar Patel 22 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Gujarat LA
Parvez Rasool 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Jammu and Kashmir LA
Jayant Yadav 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Haryana FC, LA
Baba Aparajith 21 Right-handed Right-arm off break Tamil Nadu FC, LA
Naman Ojha 32 Right-handed n/a Madhya Pradesh FC Tests : 1
Sanju Samson 21 Right-handed n/a Kerala LA
Ankush Bains 20 Right-handed n/a Himachal Pradesh FC
Pace bowlers
Varun Aaron 26 Right-handed Right-arm fast Jharkhand FC, LA
Jasprit Bumrah 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Gujarat FC, LA
Sreenath Aravind 31 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Karnataka LA T20I : 1
Rush Kalaria 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Gujarat LA
Dhawal Kulkarni 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Mumbai FC, LA
Abhimanyu Mithun 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Karnataka LA
Sandeep Sharma 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Punjab FC
Rahul Shukla 25 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Jharkhand LA
Shardul Thakur 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Mumbai LA
Krishna Das 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Assam LA
Umesh Yadav 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast Vidarbha FC, LA
Ishwar Pandey 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Madhya Pradesh FC, LA
Nathu Singh 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium Rajasthan FC, LA
Spin bowlers
Amit Mishra 33 Right-handed Leg break Haryana FC Tests : 18
Pragyan Ojha 29 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Hyderabad FC, LA
Pawan Negi 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Delhi LA
Kuldeep Yadav 21 Left-handed Slow left-arm chinaman Uttar Pradesh LA, T20

Coaching Staff[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 23 1724 50.70
Manish Pandey Karnataka 70 4832 50.86
Manpreet Juneja Gujarat 25 1667 50.51

See also[edit]