All Indian fans’ eyes will be on former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he steps out to play in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, given it could be his final appearance in the showpiece event. However, he is not the only star that is likely to feature in their final World Cup.Since making his debut for India against Bangladesh back in 2004, Dhoni has played 341 matches and has amassed 10,500 runs so far. (Reuters/File Photo)
MS Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot off Nuwan Kulasekara’s second ball in the 48th over at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011 is perhaps his most iconic World Cup performance. Dhoni had surprised everyone when he came ahead of Yuvraj Singh to bat in the finals of the 2011 World Cup with 161 still needed to win. However, the confidence shown of the then Indian skipper to promote himself in the batting order was reflected in his game, as he played a match-winning knock of 91 off 79 balls.
ently-concluded IPL as he led the Chennai Super Kings to the finals. He was the leading run-scorer among the team’s batsmen, and scored 416 runs in the 12 innings.Dhoni adds depth in the batting line-up and remains the team first choice of wicketkeeper, but also provides tactical acumen that few others in the game possess. Addressing a press conference before the team left for England on Tuesday, coach Ravi Shastri said Dhoni’s inclusion was a massive boost for India’s chances to regain the title.Speaking on Dhoni being a part of the team, Shastri said, “He is right there, his communication has been fantastic. As a keeper, he has shown over the years that no one is better than him in this format, not just in taking catches, inflicting those run-outs or stumping, these are little moments in the game which can change it on the head and there was no one better than him.”Since making his debut for India against Bangladesh back in 2004, Dhoni has played 341 matches and has amassed 10,500 runs so far.In further setback to TMC, two MLAs, 50 councillors join BJP
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Leading the Kiwi batting chart in 2019, Ross Taylor has so far scored 593 runs in eleven innings (Reuters/File Photo)Another veteran who is likely to feature in his final World Cup is Ross Taylor. The 35-year-old is New Zealand’s most experienced player in the 15-member squad, and is only the seventh player from the country to feature in four World Cups.
Taylor, who loves to play unconventionally, has the potential to dismantle any bowling attack on his day. He will be the key figure for New Zealand and will provide stability in their middle-order.The batsman has admitted this could possibly be his final appearance in the showpiece event. During New Zealand’s ODI series against Sri Lanka in January, Taylor had said, “It’s a World Cup year, and I’ve put a big focus on the tournament and on one-day cricket. There are still a few things I want to work on, but I can hopefully continue the form over the summer.”Leading the team’s batting charts in 2019, the right-handed batsman has scored 593 runs in 11 innings this year, which includes one century and four half-centuries. In 2018, Taylor had amassed 639 runs in 11 ODIs at an average of 91.28, with two hundreds and four fifties.Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh)india vs bangladesh, icc champions trophy, mashrafe mortaza, cricket news, sports news, indian express
Mashrafe Mortaza has been the spine behind Bangladesh’s exponential rise in the international circuit. (Reuters/File Photo)Mortaza has played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s exponential rise in the international circuit. The team under his leadership won their first multi-national one day international trophy, in the recently concluded tri-series against host Ireland and The team has shown remarkable progress in the subcontinent and under his captaincy, Bangladesh also reached the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy held in England in 2017.