January 27, 2013: After a not so good Test series, India settle scores in the limited overs, and commence their 2013 cricket campaign with a 3-2 series win over touring England.
March 24, 2013: India didn't have good memories from their outing Down Under in 2012. Desperate to settle scores on home soil, they are a completely different unit against a very fragile-looking Australia. The outcome of the series is on expected lines, but a 4-0 result is not something everyone expected from the gritty Aussie unit. Delhi dasher Shikhar Dhawan, who stole the show in the only innings he played, is find of the series.
April 3, 2013: The biggest cricket festival kicks-off with Delhi Daredevils and defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders. The 2012 champs live up to the expectations of the ever supporting fans, and commence their campaign with a win. Later, it didn't turn out to be a good campaign for both units, but what caught the headlines was the infamous spot-fixing scandal involving India international S Sreesanth.
May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrests Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - all Rajasthan Royals bowlers - for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to alleged bookmakers. The players were allegedly promised money ranging from US$36,000 to 109,000 for each over.
May 26, 2013: There was finally something to cheer about during the IPL when Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings to lift the IPL 2013 trophy. After celebrating with the team, Sachin Tendulkar drops a big bomb when he announces this season to be the last with the Mumbai outfit.
June 23, 2013: A new low hit Indian cricket after three players were caught in the spot-fixing net. With not much time between the final of the IPL and start of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, it was a real test of the players' character and mental strength. From the skipper to the reserves, all of them were under media scrutiny for either keeping quiet of voicing their opinion. As they say, nothing better than the bat/ball to do the talking for you. Team India does just the same, and lifts the Champions Trophy 2013 to give the nation plenty to cheer and celebrate about. It is a clinical performance from the MS Dhoni-led unit in all three departments. Dhawan's moustache has become thicker, and the twirl even better!
August 3, 2013: Following the success in the Champions Trophy, most of the senior players take a well-deserved break and the responsibility of leading the side for the Zimbabwe tour is given to the young sensation Virat Kohli. Filling the cool boots of MS Dhoni, Kohli doesn't let his skipper down and returns home with the trophy, and 5-0 whitewash. During the series, Amit Mishra serves a timely reminder to the selectors with 18 wickets in the five matches he plays.
October 6, 2013: After an ODI series, it was another switch in format for most of the Indian players who played in the Champions League Twenty20. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians complete a perfect year with a big double. After winning this year's IPL, they give a fitting farewell to the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar with the CLT20 crown. It is an all-India final where Mumbai beat a spirited Rajasthan Royals side.
October 10, 2013: Sachin Tendulkar, after the CLT20 high, drops another bomb, this time the big one. The Master Blaster announces that the second Test against the West Indies, which was later played in Mumbai, will be the last match of his career. An emotional wave grips the entire nation, who watched cricket for this big little Indian.
November 2, 2013: In the absence of regular skipper Michael Clarke, a George Bailey-led Australia land in India for a very long ODI series and one-off T20I. It turns to be a run feast for the spectators around the globe as both teams hit the 300-run mark consistently, and pull of stunning run-chases. The talented Rohit Sharma leads India's show with a brilliant run in the series, including a double hundred. Rain plays a part too as there is no result in the fourth match, and the fifth one is abandoned due to rain. India hold their nerves to seal the ODI rubber 3 2.
November 16, 2013: This day not only marks another series win for India, but also the end of an illustrious career. Sachin Tendulkar bids adieu to the game of cricket in fitting fashion. The right-hander didn't do well in the first Test, but enthralls the capacity Wankhede crowd with some delightful stroke play on both sides on the wicket. Sachin hits a fluent 74 laced with 12 typical Sachin hits to the fence. If the 74 was not enough, Sachin delivers an emotional farewell speech to leave the crowd and spectators around the globe with a heavy heart and teary eyes.
November 27, 2013: After sealing the Test rubber, India win the ODI series in the deciding match at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur to complete a very dominating stint on home soil. In this calendar year, India are yet to lose a Test match, and have won all the series on home soil.