Meet the captains leading their nations in World Cup 2015New Delhi: With World Cup only a month away, teams are busy playing with each other to prepare for the mega sport event to be held in Australia and New Zealand, known for bouncy and
New Delhi: With World Cup only a month away, teams are busy playing with each other to prepare for the mega sport event to be held in Australia and New Zealand, known for bouncy and fast tracks, from February 14.
All the 14 participating nations are out with their 15-member squad and are raring to have a go at the World Champions.
Skipper MS Dhoni will be leading a young Indian side to defend their 2011 title.
India TV introduces you the 14 captains of World Cup 2015:
1) MS Dhoni (India)
Needless to say, the best ODI skipper India ever had who led the nation in historic ODI triumphs during his seven years tenure as a captain. MS Dhoni has every ICC title under his name; World T20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013.
Though he was criticized for his captaincy record in overseas tests due to which he retired from test cricket in the mid of Australia test series but ODIs are something different. Not to forget a 4-1 series win in England after 24 years in 2014.
This year he will be leading a young side with no experienced players like Sehwag, Gambhir or Yuvraj to fall back upon though Virat Kohli, Rahane and Rohit are faces he can look up to.
Dhoni didn't have a good run with the willow in WC 2011. He scored just 150 runs in first seven innings (except the final) but he promoted himself up in the order against Sri Lanka in the final ahead of in-form Yuvraj Singh and amassed 91 runs off 79 balls to led his side to the title win with a long-on six.
The kind of form Virat Kohli, Rahane and Rohit are in, he is once again ready to carry the hopes of 121 crore people.
Their first encounter will be against the arch rivals Pakistan on February 15.
(ODI captaincy record – Matches 166: Won 93, Lost 59, Tied 4, NR 10)
Indian squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Stuart Binny and Umesh Yadav.