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Some MIND BLOWING facts about Men in Blue

Last updated on: February 06, 2015 12:19 IST
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Key facts on the India squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India with teammates. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

The 33-year-old stumper-batsman is India's most successful captain, having led the team to the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup triumph in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup four years later. A hard-hitting batsman with a penchant to seal victory with a six, Dhoni's phlegmatic-yet-unconventional captaincy will be key to India's title defence.

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Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher in pensive mood. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Coach: Duncan Fletcher

The 66-year-old former Zimbabwe cricketer played six One Day Internationals for his country and was known more for designing Zimbabwe's car registration system. In 1999, he became the first foreigner to coach England and succeeded Gary Kirsten as India coach in 2011.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

Key batsman:

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli celebrates. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Virat Kohli - The 26-year-old right-hander from Delhi has emerged as one of the most improved batsmen in contemporary cricket. An elegant stroke-player with a wide range of shots, Kohli's consistency and a 90-plus strike rate in One Day Internationals make him a dangerous batsman.

A natural leader and an agile fielder, Kohli thrives under pressure and enhanced his batting reputation in the recent four-test series against Australia even though India lost 2-0.

Key Bowler:

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin reacts. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Ravichandran Ashwin - The lanky 26-year-old off-spinner from Chennai may not be the biggest turner of the ball but possesses enough variety, including a carrom ball which he flicks with his long fingers, and control to trouble most batsmen in 50-over cricket.

An extremely smart bowler who can stifle a batsman with his accuracy, Ashwin is also a handy lower order batsman and a safe catcher.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Kapil Dev, left

Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Kapil Dev, left. Photograph: PTI

World Cup record:

1975 - first round ; 1979 - first round; 1983 - champions; 1987 - semi-finals; 1992 - seventh; 1996 - semi-finals; 1999 - sixth; 2003 - runners-up; 2007 - first round; 2011 - champions.

Overall ODI playing record: Played - 872; Won - 437; Lost -389.

Highest innings total: 418-5 v West Indies, Indore, 2011

Lowest innings total: 54 v Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 2000

Most appearances: Sachin Tendulkar (463)

Highest individual score: Rohit Sharma (264) v Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 2014

Leading run scorer: Sachin Tendulkar (18,426)

Best bowling: 4-6, Stuart Binny v Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2014

Leading wicket-taker: Anil Kumble (334)

Highest partnership: 331 (2nd), Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, v New Zealand, Hyderabad, 1999

Most catches by a fielder: Mohammad Azharuddin (156)

Most dismissals: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (308)

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