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Profile: India's top players

Millions of Indian Cricket fans are praying for the Indian cricket team to hold the World Cup after 28 years. India won world cup tournament in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. India had reached the final of 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2011 19:46 IST

Millions of Indian Cricket fans are praying for the Indian cricket team to hold the World Cup after 28 years. India won world cup tournament in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. India had reached the final of 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Indian team is playing good cricket since last few years under the successful captaincy of MS Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten. Sachin Tendulkar is playing his record sixth World Cup tournament.

Out of fifteen members Indian squad for the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011, eight are playing their first World Cup. Ten members of Indian team are still under 30 and five are even not of 25 years.

Here are the profile of Indian squad for the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011:

Dhoni Uncut
Whenever there was a cricket match, Paan Singh would be glued to his transistor set, hanging on to every word of the commentary. When he had to go out on his cycle, en route his job as a pump operator inside the Mecon Colony, the transistor would be in a cotton handbag that would be hanging on the handle bar as he enjoyed the blaring cricket commentary. Profile

India's G-Force
Gautam Gambhir will be a key force in the Indian batting lineup this World Cup. We look at the evolution of a shy boy from a sheltered background into a batting powerhouse. Profile

Simply Sachin
Having already clobbered Abdul Qadir in Peshawar and handled the fiery pace of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sachin Tendulkar was already an India star when he turned up for Shivaji Park Youngsters' Talim Shield match against National Cricket Club at the Cross Maidan. Profile

Art of Attack
The Virender Sehwag portrait is visible despite a rough white coat of paint over it on the humble pavilion wall. A few feet away is a much sharper work of art, a painting of his idol Sachin Tendulkar with face rapt in concentration on the verge of playing a shot. Profile

Dad's the way
Unlike a majority of the sporting accolades Yuvraj Singh has earned in his life, his most precious one didn't come on a cricket field. It was won on a skating rink. Profile

Kid off the Blocks
It was a dream that almost died before it was born; the tale that began on a sour note, however, is now enjoying a fairytale run. Profile

Runaway winner
It was a familiar sight at Chandigarh’s Sector-16 stadium in the mid-90s. A gawky turbaned teenager, with his packed bag kept on the stadium’s wall, waiting to take an autorickshaw to the main bus stand. Profile

Unbreakable
It is one story that is sure to do the rounds of the Ferozeshah Kotla and be narrated much beyond for years to come. It is the tale of a teenager, in his rookie Ranji year in the Delhi lineup, who put aside personal tragedy to pull his team out of dire straits. An act that stunned his own teammates and officials as much as the opposition. Profile

Reticent Ranger
The first time Munaf Patel was asked to come and play in a "real" cricket match, the teenager ran away and hid himself in the very house of the man who asked him to join the team - Golden Cricket Club captain Haroon Handi. He had to be forcibly taken to the ground. Profile

Light 'N Lethal
Neither a brittle body nor perennial ankle problem has deterred Ashish Nehra from making a career in the demanding world of fast bowling. Profile

Free spirit
Back in 2003, when Sreesanth was not even a regular in the Kerala Ranji squad, the speedster made an entry in his diary. That he will break into the national squad in the next two years. Profile

Great Gamble
The foundation for Zaheer Khan's rise as India's pace spearhead was laid by his father, who ditched the typical middle-class thinking by allowing his son to give up engineering to pursue his dream of playing cricket. Profile

Hurricane hitman
For ages, the Jumma Masjid in Vadodara was known to the world for preserving one of the oldest hand-written copies of the Holy Quran. However, the generations growing up in the 21st century will also identify the mosque with a different kind of religion - cricket. Profile