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Shastri picks his top 5 players at the World Cup

Last updated on: February 18, 2011 19:08 IST

Captains look to individuals to deliver

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While cricket is a team sport, for a team to win a match when under the cosh, a captain will look to individual players for some quick runs or for a crucial wicket that breaks a troubling partnership.

There is no bigger stage in cricket than the World Cup and in his official video log on castrolcricket.com, former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri has picked five men whom he thinks will be the ultimate go-to cricketers in the tournament.

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'Lee's hunger is back'

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Brett Lee may not have the pace he was once famous for, but tops the list as the Numero Uno Go-to-Cricketer. Succinctly put, Shastri believes the Australian's "hunger is back."

Lee, who is the most-experienced bowler in the side, no longer plays Test cricket or too much T20, making the former Indian skipper believe that he looks fresh and ready for the tournament ahead.


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'Kallis can give SA their maiden WC title'

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Shastri does not mince his words when he says that South Africa deserve the label of "chokers".

However, he believes if there's one man that can give them their maiden title, it would be Jacques Kallis, who is playing the best cricket of his career.


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'Harbhajan will be a key man in India's squad'

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Harbhajan Singh finds himself at Number 3 with Ravi Shastri believing that the off-spinner will be a key man that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will go to when the chips are down.

He believes that Harbhajan's temperament, experience and his ability to get under the skin of the opposition make him a key man in India's squad.


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'Watson is a sure go-to-cricketer for Ponting'

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"Do not write off Australia, ever!" warns Shastri as he suggests that Shane Watson will play a key role in Australia potentially lifting their fourth consecutive World Cup.

Praising Watson's switch to opening the batting and his ability to reverse swing, Shastri concludes that Watson is a sure go-to-cricketer for Ricky Ponting.


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'Shakib might cause India some headaches'

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Shakib Al Hasan rounds off Shastri's Top 5 with a warning that he well might be the one that causes India headaches in its opening World Cup encounter.

Classifying the Bangladeshi captain in one his top five all-rounder's in World Cricket, India's former skipper applauds Shakib's abilities with bat and ball and his instinct to lead from the front.


Image: Shakib Al Hasan

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