2010-10-13 18:01

Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Number of World Cup Participations:

ODI Ranking (November 2010): 2

Coach: Gary Kirsten

World Cup Champions: 1983

Currently number 1 in the Test arena, the Indians must be considered as tournament favourites for the shorter form's World Cup as well, with a raft of powerful, belligerent and massively talented batsmen to lead their campaign.

Virender Sehwag, whose reputation as a bludgeoner of the cricket ball frightens all bowlers, as well as Gambhir, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Kohli, Raina and all rounder Yuvraj Singh are amongst the greatest cricketers of the modern era, and they are ably supported by a young and dynamic bowling attack.

Spearheaded by the the lone veteran Zaheer Khan, India's seamers are young and talented – Ishant Sharma and R.P Singh are at the forefront of the attack. And in the spin department the news is still bad for batsmen, with perennial nasty man Harbajan Singh teaming up with relative newcomer Pragyan Ojha to complete the formidable attack.

India's reputation in ODI big competition took a dip in the 2007 competition, where they managed to finish a rather disappointing 10th out of the 16 competitors. But they have won it before, albeit in 1983, and they will look to build on their current form in all formats of the game during the 2011 competition. The fact that all their current ODI players are leading figures in the Indian Premier League has stepped up their ability not only to score big, but to score fast, and 2011 will be an ideal proving ground for the Indians.

Key players to watch are MS Dhoni, captain, wicketkeeper and fearless batsman, and the two likely spinners, who will relish the opportunity to bowl in home conditions, and on lower, slower tracks in the sub-continent.

Potentially the best eleven at the World Cup in 2011. (AFP)


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