Team India's best XI from 50-over World Cup history

Team India’s best XI from 50-over World Cup history

In 1983 and 2011, India got to lift the cup under Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni's captaincy respectively.

CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 28: India batsman MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Cricketers sweat it out in every match. Each and every game is important for a cricketer. However, if there is one thing that matters the most to them then it has to be the World Cup (WC).

The WC is traditionally considered the most important trophy. Every team dedicates years to assemble a squad worthy enough to play and win the cup. India has been fortunate enough to have won the WC twice.

Over the years, there have been a lot of Indian players who have been absolutely magnificent in WC matches. Many Indian stalwarts have been at their best in the biggest stages of their career i.e. during a WC.

In the article, we shall be taking a look at India’s all-time 50-over World Cup XI:

1) Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Is any all-time playing XI even complete without Sachin Tendulkar? We think not. It would be safe to say that Tendulkar has been at his best whenever he has represented India in a WC. Tendulkar has scored the most number of runs in the history of ODI WC’s.

The Master Blaster has scored 2278 runs in 45 WC games. His average and strike rate in WC games have been 56.95 and 88.98 respectively. He has represented India in 6 WC editions.

He scored the most number of runs for his India in the 1996 WC, 2003 WC, and the 2011 WC. Out of these three, he was the leading run-scorer in the 1996 and 2003 editions. He also won the player of the tournament award in the 2003 World Cup.