New Delhi, Sept. 4 -- If Mission Mangal celebrates unknown Indian scientists who work behind the scenes, a similar tribute is due to those responsible for planning and delivering India's domestic cricket.

When Virat Kohli attributed the success of the Indian team to a strong domestic structure some dismissed it as just another politically correct statement. But increasingly others too see merit in BCCI's elaborate tournament network that allows players to advertise their talent.

India's domestic cricket is by far the biggest in the world, and this season is its most ambitious-a staggering 2,036 matches spread over seven-and-a-half months, multiple tournaments for men/women across age groups, 38 first-class teams in Ranji with 1000 players...