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Sangakkara: No U-turn on retirement

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has confirmed that he will not reconsider his decision to retire from ODIs following the conclusion of the ongoing World Cup.

On Wednesday Sangakkara became the first player to score four consecutive ODI centuries and record 500 ODI dismissals, but despite this he believes he is making the right decision.

With Sangakkara having scored 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England, 104 against Australia and 124 against Scotland, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews revealed that he had been “on my knees begging” Sangakkara to carry on playing ODIs after the World Cup.

However, Sangakkara is adamant about retiring from ODIs after the tournament.

“Records do matter, I think. I would love to say records never enter my mind, but they do,” Sangakkara told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “There are certain things that you chase – you try to keep those goals. They are not the only things you chase, but as long as you do the right things those things will fall into place and come along.

“Retirement is not about form, it is about time and place and whether it feels right. It is never about whether you can play or not.”

Sangakkara, who made his ODI debut in July 2000, also admitted that time was starting to catch up with him.

“I’ve been batting and keeping for a long time, it’s getting harder and the joints are creaking and aching, but I consider myself lucky to be part of a great team,” he said.

ICC World Cup 2015: Shami Ahmed credits Shoaib Akhtar For helping him

Crediting Shoaib Akhtar for bringing back rhythm in his bowling, India pacer Mohammad Shami has said the former Pakistan speedster’s advise to shorten the run-up helped him increase his pace.

“The recent change in the run-up has surely increased my pace. So I am continuing with it and hoping that it pays dividends. I did have a chat with Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai and he suggested that I should reduce my big strides. So, I shortened my stride and it has worked. It (the new run-up) is smooth and comfortable and it has also increased my pace,” Shami said in a post-match chat on Star Sports.

Shami, who returned to action against the West Indies after missing a game with a niggle, bagged three wickets at the Waca to help Pool B toppers India register their fourth straight win and book a quarter-final berth.

With the Men in Blue now in New Zealand for their final two games of the league, Shami is keen to carry on the good work without making any more changes to his action.

“I don’t want to change much in my action. And most of the ex-players have advised me against making any major changes to my action. It is always a double edged sword, to change one’s action. It can work for you or go against you. I don’t want go through this confusion and I am satisfied with the little change that I have made to my run-up,” said the Bengal medium-pacer.

“I am very happy with how things have panned out and will just focus on my line and length and would like to continue my good work,” he added.

Shami — India’s leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far with nine scalps in three games — said that after playing on different pitches around the world, he loved the Perth experience.

“I have enjoyed bowling in Perth because I was getting the bounce and carry. Wherever I have gone, I have found flat wickets. I had heard a lot about Australian wickets, but did not see them in the Test matches but now I see that in Perth,” said the 24-year-old bowler.

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from India

The team, currently ranked second in the ODIs, will be led by none other than the experienced MS Dhoni – who had guided the team to World Cup glory in the last edition. Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny have been included as all-rounders, whilst Axar Patel and Ravinchandran Ashwin offer spin options.

Here’s a look at the key players from India in the World Cup:

MS Dhoni

Playing role: Wicket-keeper batsman

After his Test retirement in December, MS Dhoni has shifted his focus towards the shorter formats. The World Cup would be one of the major assignment for Dhoni as captain. He will be leading for the second time in India’s campaign to defend the World Cup title. When it comes to one-dayers, Dhoni is an astute captain and will also play an important role as a batsman lower down the order.

He has an impressive record of 8245 runs from 252 matches at an average of 52.51, which includes nine centuries and 56 half-centuries.

Virat Kohli

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

All eyes would be on Virat Kohli in the World Cup considering the form he was in during the Test series against Australia. Kohli as a batsman and cricketer has matured and definitely a key player in India’s middle-order. In the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka, his 35 played a crucial role in India’s victory and this time the expectations are much higher.

In ODIs from 148 matches, Kohli has got more than 6,000 runs with 21 centuries at an average of 51.84.

Ajinkya Rahane

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Ajinkya Rahane’s progress at the international level has been phenomenal and the Mumbai batsman made a grudual process from Tests to ODIs. The right-handed batsman will have a major role in India’s campaign at the World Cup and could be a floater in the line-up. The reason because Rahane too has adjusted well as an opener and if needed can bat at the middle order.

Rahane like Kohli would also be high on confidence after a successful Test series against Australia and needs to carry the same momentum into the mega event. His temperament, technique and approach towards his batting are his strenghts.

Ravindra Jadeja

Playing role: All-rounder

Ravindra Jadeja is one such cricketer who won’t impress you immediately, but his limited skills be it with the ball and bat is an asset for India. His left-arm spin doesn’t get much spin but he maintains a tight line and length. Moreover, Jadeja as a batsman lower down the order can bring the long handle to effective use – added to that he is a livewire on the field.

In limited-over cricket, Jadeja is Dhoni’s go-to man, especially as a bowler who can get through the overs quickly and keeping things tight. Jadeja also faces the challenge of recovering from a shoulder injury before the start of India’s matches.

Suresh Raina

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Suresh Raina may have not have found his footing at the Test level, but for India in the shorter formats he is indispensable. His struggle against the short balls in Tests is well known, however, in one-dayers he judges the length quite early and manages to find gaps easily.

His slow offspinners is a plus for Dhoni when he wants to slip through few quick overs. Raina’s form would be crucial in India’s journey to defend the World Cup.

Squad: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Md. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni