Services cricket team

The Services cricket team plays in the Ranji Trophy, the main domestic first-class cricket competition in India. Under the auspices of the Services Sports Control Board, they represent the Indian Armed Forces. Their home ground is the Palam A Ground, Model Sports Complex, Delhi.

RecordsEdit

The Services team first played in the Ranji Trophy in 1949–50. They played in the North Zone of the competition until 2001–02, and have played in the Plate Group and other lower-ranked groups since 2002–03, except for one season, where they played in the Elite Group, during 2005–06. Their strongest period was the 1950s: between 1950–51 and 1959–60 they reached the semi-finals six times and the final twice, losing to Bombay in 1956–57 by an innings,[1] and to Baroda in 1957–58, also by an innings.[2]

As of early March 2022, Services had played 350 first-class matches, with 91 wins, 119 losses, and 140 draws. 33 of their victories have been over Jammu and Kashmir.[3]

Their highest first-class score is 250 not out by Yashpal Singh against Tripura in 2012–13.[4] The best bowling figures are 8 for 37 by Gokul Inder Dev against Jammu and Kashmir in 1968–69.[5]

They reached the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time in the 2021–22 season. Their best finish in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was in the 2019–20 season, where they finished third in their group with 4 wins and 2 losses.

Famous playersEdit

Services players who have played Test cricket for India, along with year of Test debut:

Current squadEdit

Name Birth date Birthplace Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
Rajat Paliwal (1991-12-24) 24 December 1991 (age 30) Sonepat, HR Right-handed Right-arm off-break Captain
Ravi Chauhan (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 29) New Delhi, DL Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
G Rahul Singh (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 27) Maniktala, WB Left-handed Right-arm medium
Mohit Ahlawat (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 26) Delhi, DL Right-handed
Anshul Gupta (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 33) Ghaziabad, UP Right-handed Right-arm off break
Hardik Sethi (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 29) Bikaner, RJ Right-handed Right-arm off break
Shivam Tiwari (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 26) Sagar, MP Right-handed Right-arm off-break
Vikas Hathwala (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 29) Delhi, DL Left-handed Left-arm medium
Amit Pachhara (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 27) Mathura, UP Right-handed Right-arm off break
All-Rounders
Arjun Sharma (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 26) Jalandhar, PB Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Lakhan Singh (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 24) Ghaziabad, UP Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keeper
Devender Lochab (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 30) Jhajjar, HR Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Pulkit Narang (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 28) New Delhi, DL Right-handed Right-arm off break
Rahul Singh (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 30) Kaithal, HR Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Parth Rekhade (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 23) Nagpur, MH Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace Bowlers
Diwesh Pathania (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 33) Pathankot, PB Right-handed Right-arm medium
Nitin Yadav (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 30) Delhi, DL Right-handed Right-arm medium
Sachidanand Pandey (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 26) Allahabad, UP Right-handed Right-arm medium
Poonam Poonia (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 27) Sri Ganganagar, RJ Right-handed Right-arm medium
Raj Bahadur (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 29) Allahabad, UP Left-handed Left-arm medium
Trivendra Kumar (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 27) Mundbhar, UP Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Mohit Kumar (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 26) Gurgaon, HR Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Gaurav Sharma (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 28) Bulandshahr, UP Right-handed Right-arm medium

Updated as on 22 October 2022

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Services v Bombay 1956–57". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Baroda v Services 1957–58". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Playing Record (1949/50-2021/22)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Most Runs in an Innings for Services". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Most Wickets in an Innings for Services". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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