World Cup 2015 team profile: Can India keep it with them?

India will be playing Down Under as the World Cup defenders this time. The two-time champions will kick-off their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, their sixth meeting, in the quadrennial event. This is the first time since 1992 that India will miss the service of Sachin Tendulkar in a World Cup.

[WC 2015 team profile]

India are clubbed with Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, UAE and Ireland in Pool B.


Here is India's schedule at the WC 2015: Vs Pakistan (Feb 15), vs South Africa (Feb 22), vs UAE (Feb 28), vs West Indies (Mar 6), vs Ireland (Mar 10), vs Zimbabwe (Mar 14)

Squad: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akshar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, *Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

India's best performance: Champions in 1983, 2011

India's success percentage in WC: 59.84% (played 67, won 39, lost 26, tied 1, no results 1)

Most matches as captain: Mohammad Azharuddin 23 (Won 10, lost 12, no result 1)

Highest team score: 413/5 vs Bermuda in 2007

Lowest team score: 125 vs Australia in 2003

Most number of matches in WC for India: Sachin Tendulkar (45)

India's highest scorer in WC: Sachin Tendulkar (2,278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95, best 152)

Most number of wickets for India in WC: Zaheer Khan (44 wickets in 23 matches, best 4 for 42), Javagal Srinath (44 wickets in 34 matches, best 4 for 30)

Highest individual score by an Indian in WC: Sourav Ganguly (183 vs Sri Lanka in 1999)

Best bowling figures by an Indian in WC: Ashish Nehra (6 for 23 vs England in 2003)

Biggest win for India in WC: Vs East Africa by 10 wickets in 1975, vs Bermuda by 257 runs in 2007

Narrowest win for India in WC: Vs New Zealand by 16 runs in 1987, vs Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia by 5 wickets in 1983, 1996, 2011, 2011 and 2011, respectively.

Biggest loss for India in WC: Vs the West Indies and Australia by 9 wickets in 1979 and 2003, respectively; vs India by 202 runs in 1975.

Narrowest loss for India in WC: vs South Africa by 3 wickets in 2011, vs Australia by 1 run in 1987 and 1992.

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