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Top 5 Indian Cricketers Who Made World Cup History

Discover the legends who etched their names in World Cup history with India's top 5 cricket icons.

By Fast Live LinePublished 5 months ago 4 min read
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In just a few hours, the World Cup 2023 is set to begin at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. Every player harbors the dream of representing their country in the World Cup, and for some, it marks the culmination of their international careers.

Ravichandran Ashwin's journey has been nothing short of a fairy tale. This marks his second unexpected call-up to represent India at the World Cup, stepping in for Axar Patel in the 15-man squad. Notably, Ashwin is the senior-most member of the team, earning a place among the top five oldest Indians to grace the World Cup stage.

These are the five oldest Indian players who have participated in the World Cup:

Sunil Gavaskar (38 Years 118 Days)

Sunil Gavaskar earned his reputation as a cricket legend, particularly for his outstanding performance as an opening batter. He scored an impressive 13,000 runs in international cricket. He proudly represented India in four World Cups held in 1974, 1979, 1983, and 1987.

Among these World Cups, Sunil Gavaskar had the privilege of being a part of the Indian team that clinched the trophy in 1983.

Remarkably, during the 1987 World Cup, Gavaskar was still going strong despite being over 38 years old. In seven innings, he made a stunning contribution of 300 runs, which included a remarkable century and a couple of half-centuries. This accomplishment makes him the oldest Indian cricketer to have participated in a World Cup.

MS Dhoni (38 Years 2 Days)

The 2011 World Cup saw Dhoni, who led the team to victory, become the second oldest Indian player to participate in the tournament. Dhoni earned a reputation as one of the world's finest captains, having secured three ICC trophies during his tenure. Over the course of four ODI World Cups for India, he managed to secure victory in one of them by leading from the front.

In 2019, Dhoni participated in his final World Cup, during which India faced a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals against New Zealand. The memory of Dhoni's run-out in that match still lingers in the minds of Indian fans. Throughout nine games, Dhoni accumulated a total of 273 runs, including two half-centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar (37 Years 343 Days)

Sachin Tendulkar, often regarded as the God of Cricket, enjoyed a storybook conclusion to his illustrious career. In the year 2011, the Indian cricket team not only clinched the World Cup, but they did it with an added sense of purpose - winning it for their beloved Sachin. This was a dream that had been harbored by Sachin for years, and it finally came true.

At the time of this historic victory, Sachin was nearly 38 years old. Throughout his participation in six ODI World Cups, the 2011 edition stood out as the most cherished one. During his 44 innings in World Cup matches, the master-blaster accumulated an impressive tally of over 2200 runs, which included six centuries and 15 half-centuries. Notably, he emerged as the leading run-scorer in his final World Cup appearance, amassing a total of 482 runs, which included two centuries. This remarkable feat made him the third-oldest Indian player to ever grace the World Cup stage.

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Farokh Engineer (37 Years 109 Days)

Farokh Engineer, at 37 years old, became the fourth oldest Indian cricketer to participate in the 1975 World Cup. He played a crucial role in the tournament as both a wicket-keeper and batter, appearing in just one World Cup but earning the distinction of being the oldest player on the Indian team.

Engineer made history by being the first Indian to grace County cricket, showcasing his skills beyond the international stage.

During his three World Cup appearances, he contributed significantly, amassing a total of 78 runs across two innings, which included a memorable half-century.

It's worth noting that Farokh Engineer holds the distinction of being the most recent representative from his community to play for the Indian cricket team, making his legacy all the more unique.

Ravichandran Ashwin (37 Years 18 Days)

Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, has returned to the 2023 World Cup after missing the 2019 edition. He now ranks as the fifth oldest Indian player to participate in a World Cup. This will be Ashwin's third ODI World Cup appearance, having been part of the victorious 2011 team and the 2015 squad that reached the quarter-finals.

During the 2015 World Cup, he impressively secured 13 wickets in just eight matches. With India hosting the 2023 World Cup, Ashwin is poised to play a pivotal role as a seasoned finger spinner and a valuable asset to the team. Despite being 37 years old, he is all set to feature prominently in this year's World Cup.

Conclusion -

Celebrating the legacy of cricket's veterans, the "Top 5 Oldest Indians To Feature In The World Cup" showcases the timeless commitment and skill of these remarkable players. As we honor their contributions, stay connected to the pulse of cricket with the Fast Live Line app and website. Whether you're a cricket live line enthusiast or seeking insights from the live line guru, our platform promises to keep you in the know. Join us in celebrating the spirit of cricket, where experience meets the future.

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