Team India for 2011 World Cup
Here is India's 15-member team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, starting February 19.
India's 'Captain Cool' will have to churn out the best from himself, both in front and behind the wickets. Will his 'Midas Touch' recreate the 1983 magic?
This flamboyant opening batsman can tear apart the opposition single-handedly. Much depends on what kind of start he gives to his team.
He's been India's ultimate saviour for the last 21 years. Sitting on the pinnacle of cricket records sans one achievement - the World Cup win, Sachin is all motivated to do it for India.
This Delhi left-hander has grown out of Virender Sehwag's shadow and created a niche for himself. He compliments Sehwag at the opening slot despite curbing his natural aggressive instinct.
The youngster has impressed in the recent past with gutsy knocks and has shown great maturity and temperament. Will he shine at the big stage?
The flamboyant left-hander's poor run of form is a bothering factor for the team management. On his day though, he is capable of finishing a match all on his own.
One of the cleanest hitters of the ball in the team, Suresh Raina can easily move up and down in the order. His part-time spinning abilities make him an asset.
The man who will lead India's spin attack has a big responsibility on his shoulders. Bhajji's ability to bowl on a tight leash even when not picking up wickets will be crucial.
Zaheer Khan is the leader of the bowling attack and his experience will be crucial for the team. Staying 100 per cent fit will be the key for him.
Ashish Nehra is capable of picking wickets at any point of time in the game. His ability to bowl yorkers at the death is a crucial factor but has bring his economy rate down drastically.
Munaf Patel's biggest asset is his ability to change the pace of the ball. That with a good line and length makes him a sure shot wicket taker.
The temperamental fast bowler was not included in the original 15-member squad despite his good show. But injury to Praveen Kumar meant that the Kerala pacer got the nod ahead of Ishant Sharma and R Vinay Kumar.
Yusuf Pathan will be a key man for Indian in the World Cup. His ability to clear the ropes at will and more than capable off-spin gives India the option of a genuine all-rounder.
Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up wickets every time he has bowled and is definitely India's second best spinner for ODIs after Harbhajan.
The leg-spinner has waited in the wings for long. Can pick up wickets and also bat down the order.