India

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Sachin Tendulkar

Although Australia top the International Cricket Council one-day international rankings, it is India who head into the World Cup as the bookmakers’ favourites, and not without good reason. The 1983 champions boast one of the most feared batting line-ups in the world and their bowlers should also prove particularly effective on home soil. With their talent not in question, much will depend on whether India are able to cope with the weight of expectation. They suffered a shock early exit in the Caribbean four years ago and will be determined to prove a point this time around in their final tournament under the guidance of South African coach Gary Kirsten.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh

Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Coach: Gary Kirsten

Key Man: Sachin Tendulkar
Quite simply the greatest cricketer of his, and arguably any, generation, Tendulkar will once again carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders. The ‘Little Master’ has only featured sporadically in one-day cricket over the last 12 months, but remains the prized wicket for any opponent. He became the first player in history to record an ODI double hundred when he thumped 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior last February.

World Cup Record
1975: 1st round
1979: 1st round
1983: Winners
1987: Semi-finals
1992: 1st round
1996: Semi-finals
1999: Super Six stage
2003: Runners-up
2007: 1st round

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