India's history on cricket's international stage is as rich as it is colourful. A country which considers its national game as something bordering on religion possesses a passion for cricket like no other nation on earth.
Yet unlike England and Australia, India's time at the forefront of the game has been a far more recent occurrence, given that the nation didn't compete in its first Test until 1932.
Consequently, India's greatest XI is more heavily skewed toward the modern era than most. In fact, the rise of India's national cricket team has coincided with the nation's rise as a global superpower in the wider sense of the term.
Both economic and political power have concurrently risen alongside the fortunes of the Indian cricket team, which is now undoubtedly the most influential on earth.
So who are India's finest ever players? Who makes it into the nation's greatest ever side?
Those players and that team are presented on the following sides in batting order.