Two-time World Champions, India have an enviable record at the mega-event of cricket, known as the World Cup. They are the second most successful team in World Cup history and the Indian players have produced some brilliant individual performances in World Cup history. Considering their World Cup records, here is India’s all-time Cricket World Cup XI –
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar has scored over 2000 runs in the World Cup. He has played the most number of World Cup matches for India (45) and is still the highest run-scorer in World Cup history.
#2 Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly had scored more than 1000 runs in the 21 matches he had played for India. Dada made a name for himself in the 1999 World Cup where he scored 183 runs in a match versus Sri Lanka, which still remains the highest individual score by an Indian in the World Cup.
#3 Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the only Indian player in World Cup history to hit a ton on his World Cup debut. Just 2 World Cups old, the dashing batsman from Delhi will be leading his nation in the upcoming edition of the ICC World Cup.
#4 Rahul Dravid
The Wall, Rahul Dravid averages over 60 in World Cup games having represented Team India in 3 World Cups. Providing solidity to the batting line-up, Dravid finished as the leading run-getter in the 1999 World Cup with 461 runs to his name.
#5 Yuvraj Singh
The Player of the tournament in 2011, Yuvraj Singh chipped in with both bat and ball to help the team to maintain the balance of the playing XI throughout his career. He represented India in 23 World Cup matches prove him as India’s finest limited-overs cricketers.
#6 MS Dhoni (Wicket-keeper and Captain)
The most successful Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Apart from his captaincy skills, Dhoni also has unmatched wicket-keeping skills.
#7 Kapil Dev
India’s first World Cup winning skipper, Kapil Dev was also an excellent all-rounder. The Haryana hurricane has a decent record in World Cup matches aggregating 669 runs and scalping 28 wickets in 26 matches.
#8 Anil Kumble
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble had taken 31 wickets in just 18 World Cup matches he played for India. His stupendous record in World Cup matches is the reason why he is India’s most successful spinner in World Cup.
#9 Javagal Srinath
Starting as a rookie fast bowler in the 1992 World Cup, Srinath led the Indian pace attack in the 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cup and picked 44 wickets in 34 World Cup matches.
#10 Zaheer Khan
With 44 wickets in 23 matches, Zaheer Khan is the most successful Indian bowler in the World Cup history.
#11 Ashish Nehra
His spell of 6 for 23 against England is considered to be the best performance by an Indian at the World Cup. Nehra always provided breakthroughs to the team at crucial junctures.