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5 players you did not know were a part of the 2011 World Cup

Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn McGrath, Zaheer Khan, Ricky Ponting have etched their names in cricket history forever with their remarkable performances in World Cups.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

It is the dream of every budding cricketer to represent his/her nation at the Cricket World Cup. Over the years, several legendary players have been a part of this tournament. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn McGrath, Zaheer Khan, Ricky Ponting have etched their names in cricket history forever with their remarkable performances in the biggest cricket tournament of the world.

Among all the World Cups, the 2011 World Cup is very close to the heart of the Indian fans. For the first time in World Cup history, a host nation won the trophy on its home turf and MS Dhoni‘s men emerged as the first team to achieve that feat. India ended a wait of 28 years by winning their second World Cup. The fans remember all the players who donned the Indian jersey in that competition however, not many fans would be able to recollect that the following names were also a part of the World Cup that year.

Here are the 5 players you did not know featured in the 2011 World Cup:

1. David Warner

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Just like Steve Smith, David Warner played a pivotal role in the team’s success at the 2015 World Cup, however, not many fans would know that Warner was also a part of Australia’s 2011 World Cup squad. Unlike Smith, the left-handed opening batsman did not get a chance to represent his nation at the mega event in 2011.

Warner warmed the benches for the entire course of the competition as Australia used the pair of Shane Watson and Brad Haddin as their openers. The explosive opener from Western Australia was just 23 years old back then.

Australia has been very lucky to have an opener like Warner because he not only scores runs at a brisk rate but he also possesses the ability to play a big innings. The southpaw played a key role for Australia in the next two World Cups.

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