India has passed through many great eras. In 1968 we beat New Zealand 3-1 in Tests on their turf. Then we won on West Indies soil and in England in 1971. This strong Test performance on foreign soil continued till 1986 when we beat the Poms 2-0 on their home ground.
During the fag end of the era, we became a superpower in the ODI scene too when we won the World Cup, inaugural Asia Cup, Sharjah and the mini World Cup all back to back.
Then Sourav Ganguly ushered in a new era of confidence and consistency in the new millennium.
But the greatest of eras probably began at end of the 2007 ODI World Cup and ended at the 2011 ODI World Cup final.
During this period we won the ODI and T20 world cups and held the Test crown for 20 odd months. In ODIs we recaptured the Asia Cup and won for the first time on the soils of Australia and South Africa.
In Tests, we won in England, New Zealand, Windies and drew in South Africa and Sri Lanka. In Australia we went down fighting 1-2 amidst the sordid Monkeygate saga.
So who were the greats of this era? A look at each category…