India have played cricket for a very long time. They have won many Test matches and one day internationals, but they had never got to play Twenty20 Internationals until recently. Here are some of the men who captained India in their first ever T20I game:


MS Dhoni is the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket. He led India to victory in the ICC World T20 in 2007, 2012 and 2014. He also led India to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

In total he has won 50% more matches as a captain than any other player or team has ever won (60).

Suresh Raina

You must be wondering who captained India in their first ever T20I match. Well, the answer to your query is Suresh Raina.

Raina is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. He is also a useful right-arm medium pace bowler and has represented India in all formats of the game including Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). He made his debut for Uttar Pradesh in 2004/5 season before going on to play for Chennai Super Kings from 2008 until 2013; he returned to captain them once again from 2018 onwards.

In addition to being one of the most successful batsmen in the history of T20 cricket with over 6500 runs at an average over 40 per innings as well as being only behind Virat Kohli (9643) & Rohit Sharma (6716) when it comes down to aggregating highest number of runs by any Indian player across all three formats combined – Ind vs Aus ODI series 2019 tour where they had played three matches together while batting together

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a middle order batsman and an explosive batsman. He is one of the best openers in India, but he also has the ability to bat at any position. Rohit Sharma has scored more than 1000 runs in six consecutive seasons, with three centuries and 11 fifties during that period. In fact, his first century came on his birthday (March 3rd) against Sri Lanka in 2010 where he hit 105 off just 66 balls which included 11 fours and 6 sixes!

Rohit Sharma was captain of India’s debut Twenty20 International match against Australia on October 24th 2008 at Nagpur when they lost by seven wickets due to rain interruption after they had posted 173/7 thanks largely to an unbeaten 69 from Suresh Raina who made it his highest T20I score until Virat Kohli surpassed him later that year with an unbeaten 73*.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game. He is also one of the most decorated players in world cricket, with over 10,000 international runs to his name and many more to come.

He led India to their first ever T20I series win over Australia in 2016-17, which was followed by another triumph against Sri Lanka later that year. Under Kohli’s leadership, India won their maiden Test series against Australia at home during 2017-18 as well as their first ever Test series victory on South African soil during 2018-19 (1).

He has led India to victory in 7 out of 13 ICC tournaments since taking over as captain: Champions Trophy 2013 (2), World Cup 2015 (3), Asia Cup 2016 (4), World Twenty20 2016(5) ICC Champions Trophy 2018(6)…


  • The first ever T20I was played between India and Australia on 18 February 2005 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • The match was won by India by seven wickets with Rohit Sharma scoring 89 runs off 54 balls with three sixes and five fours.
  • He also took two catches while Dhoni caught one Australian batsman as well. Dhoni also made an impressive unbeaten knock of 68 runs off 43 balls with four fours and two sixes.* After this win, Australia went on to win the series 2-1 but India had already proved themselves worthy competitors in this format of cricket

India has come a long way since their first ever T20I match. The team has grown and become one of the best in the world. We can expect India to continue being strong contenders for years to come!

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    India’s first-ever T20I was played on 1st December 2006. The opponents were none other than their fiercest rivals, Pakistan. The match was played at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground. India lost the match by 5 wickets but the game started a new format of cricket in the country which would later go on to become very popular. The then captain of India, MS Dhoni, had led the team to victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. He is also the current captain of the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. Under his captaincy, CSK has won 3 IPL titles and 2 Champions League Twenty20 titles. Dhoni is considered one of the best captains in world cricket and has also been hailed as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket.

    India’s first T20I captain

    MS Dhoni is India’s first T20I captain. He was appointed to the role in 2007 and led the team to victory in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.

    Dhoni is a highly successful captain, with a record of leading India to victory in all three of the ICC limited-overs tournaments. He has also been successful in Test cricket, winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on two occasions.

    Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India has become one of the most formidable teams in world cricket. They are currently ranked No.1 in the ICC Test rankings and No.2 in the ODI rankings.

    Dhoni is widely respected for his calm and cool demeanor on the field, as well as his tactical acumen. He is also known for his promotion of young players and his willingness to take bold decisions.

    How India has fared in T20Is under different captains

    Since the inception of the Twenty20 format in 2006, India have played 115 T20Is. They have had 7 different captains at the helm in these 115 matches. Let’s take a look at how India have fared under each of these captains.

    Under MS Dhoni, India played the most T20Is (78), winning 42 and losing 34. Dhoni captained India in their first ever T20I match, against South Africa in 2006.

    Under Virat Kohli, India have played 31 T20Is so far, winning 22 and losing 8. Kohli captained India for the first time in a T20I match against Bangladesh in 2014.

    Under Rohit Sharma, India have played just 4 T20Is, winning 3 and losing 1. Sharma captained India for the first time in a T20I match against Zimbabwe in 2016.

    In total, under all 7 captains, India have won 70 T20Is and lost 77.

    Why the current captain is the best choice for India

    The current captain of India is the best choice for a number of reasons. Firstly, he has been with the team for a long time and knows the players well. Secondly, he is a very good leader and motivator, and has the ability to get the best out of his team-mates. Thirdly, he is a very experienced player, and has played in all three formats of the game. fourthly, He has a good record as captain, both in terms of results and winning percentage. fifthly, He is respected by both his fellow players and opponents alike. Sixthly, he always puts the team’s interests first, and is not afraid to make tough decisions.

    All these factors combine to make him the best possible choice as captain of India. He has the experience, the knowledge, the respect and the track record to lead India to success in all three formats of the game.

    The challenges the current captain faces

    The current captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, faces many challenges as he tries to lead his team to victory in their first ever Test series. One of the biggest challenges he faces is the fact that the Indian team has never won a Test series against Australia. Another challenge is the form of some of his key players, with several members of the team struggling for form in recent months. Additionally, Kohli must deal with the pressure of expectation that comes with being captain of India, one of the world’s most prestigious cricket teams.

    The Indian cricket team has come a long way since their first T20I match in 2006. They have won several tournaments and are currently the number one ranked team in the world. However, their journey to the top was not always easy. In their first ever T20I match, they were up against a strong Pakistan side and lost by 9 wickets. But, India bounced back and went on to win many matches, including the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007.

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