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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

Kohli to lead India in first test against Australia

Virat Kohli has confirmed he will lead India into the first test against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday as stand-in captain in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni was initially slated to sit out the opening test of the series to rest an injured thumb but after the rescheduling in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes, there was speculation he might have had enough time to recover.

“Yes, I will be leading tomorrow,” Kohli told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Monday. “We are expecting him (Dhoni) to be 100 percent in the next few days.

“It’s a big moment for me personally, I have always dreamed of playing test cricket and, now I’m getting to lead India in a test match.”

Kohli said pace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who has an ankle injury and missed Sunday’s training session, would be given until Tuesday morning to prove his fitness.

After Adelaide, the teams play tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Virat Kohli to lead India as MS Dhoni rested for 1st Test against Australia

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the remaining two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka due to a forearm injury and is going to miss the first Test against Australia.

Dhoni has sustained an injury in his right forearm and Virat Kohli will lead the side in the first Test against Australia.

Dhoni had opted to take rest from the first three ODIs and his deputy Kohli did an excellent job in his absence, as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead after the first three matches.

In another news, leg-spinner Karn Sharma and Karnataka opener Lokesh Rahul were included for the forthcoming four-match Test series against the Aussies. Suresh Raina too made a comeback as Naman Ojha too got the nod as the tour’s third wicket-keeper.

Dhoni, Kohli doubtful for gala ISL opening

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virat Kohli, who are co-owners of ISL Chennai and Goa franchisees respectively, are unlikely to participate in the gala ISL opening on October 12.

“I am not sure if the BCCI will allow them to be present on the inauguration in the middle of a series (India-West Indies). It’s difficult but you never know,” Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Utsav Parekh told reporters today.

India will have its second ODI in Delhi on October 11 and it remains to be seen whether the duo makes a flying visit to Kolkata en route to Vizag, the venue for the third ODI on October 14.

However, Parekh said the bigwigs of Bollywood, cricket and corporate world with the likes of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan (Chennai), Salman Khan (Pune), John Abraham (Guwahati), Ranbir Kapoor (Mumbai), Varun Dhawan (Goa), Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala) and city’s Sourav Ganguly have confirmed their participation.

The star team owners will take a lap of the stadium followed by a spectacular 45-minute opening ceremony by Bollywood heart-throb Priyanka Chopra and Varun Dhawan.

There will also be a host of top notch industrialists including Mukesh and Nita Ambani who is also the founding chairperson of ISL, the Munjals (Hero Motocorp), the Salgaocars who will grace the occasion along with Praful Patel, president of the All India Football Federation that is supporting the tournament.

“It’s rarely that we get to see such a gathering of both Bollywood, cricket and corporate world,” Parekh said.

The ISL opening ceremony will begin at 5 pm with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee formally opening the 11-week-long tournament that will be kicked off with the home side Atletico de Kolkata squaring up against Mumbai City FC.