ICC Cricket World Cup Top 10 experienced players

Playing on cricket’s biggest stage can be intimidating for even the most fearless of players. Teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup will rely on their most experienced tournament campaigners to guide younger cricketers through the six-week long tournament.
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Here are the #cwc15 players with the most World Cup caps:

1: Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka: 33 matches
Jayawardene will lead the way as the most experienced ICC Cricket World Cup player in 2015. One of Sri Lanka’s all-time greats, Jayawardene’s international career started in 1997 and this marks his fifth appearance at the tournament.

A highlight of his World Cup career came in 2007, when as captain, he scored a match-winning century against New Zealand in the semi-final. In 2011 he scored an unbeaten 103 from 88 balls in the World Cup final, when Sri Lanka fell to India by six wickets.
 
2: Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka: 30 matches
The wicketkeeper-batsman is padding up for his fourth ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015, having played in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
The highlight of his 2003 World Cup was an unbeaten 39 in the semi-final against Australia, while his 2007 tournament saw him reap four half-centuries, including 76 against Bermuda and 54 in the final against Australia.
The 2011 World Cup was a highlight for the batsman, who scored 465 runs in nine matches as Sri Lanka captain including 111 against New Zealand.

3: Brendan McCullum, New Zealand: 25 matches 
One of the form batsman heading into the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Brendan McCullum is also New Zealand’s most experienced player.
He will play at cricket’s biggest tournament for the fourth time, having scored 414 runs at the previous three editions, at an average of 31.85.
Highlights from his previous Cups include scores of 76 not out against Zimbabwe and 101 against Canada, both in 2011. He also holds the record for the fastest CWC half-century, scored off just 20 balls against Canada in 2007.
 
4: Daniel Vettori, New Zealand: 23 matches 
A fifth World Cup appearance will be added to Daniel Vettori’s long and impressive cricket resume this year.
The spinner made his international debut in early 1997 and was part of New Zealand’s World Cup squads in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
His best figures of 4-23 were against Ireland in the 2007 tournament

5: Shahid Afridi, Pakistan: 20 matches 
A popular veteran of the Pakistan team, Shahid Afridi has been playing for his country for more than a decade.
Afridi is no stranger to the ICC Cricket World Cup, having played in the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments.
His best World Cup performance was against Kenya in 2011 when he took 5-16.

6: Chris Gayle, West Indies: 20 matches 
Chris Gayle has been playing one-day international cricket since 1999 and will represent West Indies in his fourth ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.
A damaging allrounder, Gayle has scored more than 8800 ODI runs and claimed 158 wickets. With 21 centuries, 46 fifties and a five-wicket haul to his name, working out how to restrain the Jamaican will be a priority for other teams during the tournament.
Gayle enjoyed success at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups, including 119 against Kenya in 2003.

7: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka: 20 matches 
Since making his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe, Dilshan has notched more than 8500 ODI runs across more than 300 matches.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be his third appearance at the tournament. He impressed at the 2011 edition when he was the World Cup leading run scorer, amassing 500 runs from nine matches at the tournament including knocks of 144 and an unbeaten 108.

8: James Anderson, England: 19 matches 
Anderson announced himself on the World Stage during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. In a crucial match against Pakistan, Anderson ripped through the top-order to end with 4/29 in a man-of-the-match performance.
He will play in his fourth World Cup in 2015 and will be aiming to add heavily to his tally of 22 tournament wickets when the action gets underway.

9: Michael Clarke, Australia: 18 matches
Australia will hope its most experienced World Cup player will shake off injury concerns and play a major role in the 2015 World Cup.
The Australia skipper burst on to the international scene as a 23-year-old and will be playing in his third ICC Cricket World Cup.
Highlights of his previous tournaments include high scores of 93 not out against Netherlands in 2007 and 93 against Kenya in 2011. Shane Watson is Australia’s second-most experienced World Cup player, with 15 caps.

10: Younis Khan, Pakistan: 16 matches
One of Pakistan’s great batsmen, Younis Khan has been padding up for his country for well over a decade.
He played in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cups, playing 16 matches in total. The 2011 tournament produced his best results, including 72 against Sri Lanka and 50 against Kenya.
He will be Pakistan’s second-most experienced player at the World Cup behind Shahid Afridi.

 Leading the way for the other teams:
MS Dhoni is India’s most experienced, with 12 World Cup matches under his belt
Niall O’Brien and William Porterfield lead the way for Ireland, with 15 games apiece
South Africa captain AB de Villiers has played 15 World Cup matches to date
Associates Scotland, UAE and Afghanistan have no players who have previously appeared in World Cups.
Bangladesh has three players with 15 caps: Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Prosper Utseya and Elton Chigumbura have each played nine CWC matches for Zimbabwe.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Retires as Test Captain

December 30 2014:  Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect. The decision comes after India drew the third Test in Melbourne on Tuesday. Out of the 90 Tests he played, Dhoni led India in 60 matches. Dhoni finished with most Test wins as India captain (27), beating the previous best of 21 wins held by Sourav Ganguly. (MS Dhoni, Ashwin ensure MCG draw).

A BCCI statement said: “One of India's greatest Test captains under whose leadership India became the No.1 team in the Test rankings Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of cricket. Dhoni has chosen to retire from Tests with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODIs and T20 formats. (Dhoni knew Kohli was ready for Test captaincy: Sunil Gavaskar)

"BCCI, while respecting the decision of Dhoni to retire from Test cricket, wishes to thank him for his enormous contribution to Tests and the laurels that he has brought to India."

Virat Kohli will captain India in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney from January 6. India have already lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy having lost the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane. Kohli had led in the first Test when Dhoni preferred to rest his injured right hand.

Dhoni bowed out of Test cricket in style. In his final series in Australia, Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper to effect nine dismissals in a Test match in Melbourne.

Overall, he became the third wicketkeeper to achieve the feat versus Australia, the first two being David Murray (West Indies) at Melbourne in December 1981 and Ridley Jacobs (West Indies) at Melbourne in December 2000.

With the bat, MS Dhoni also became the first Indian batsman to complete 10,000 runs or more as captain in international cricket, joining Ricky Ponting (15440), Graeme Smith (14878), Stephen Fleming (11561) and Allan Border (11062).

 60 The number of Tests in which MS Dhoni captained India, the highest among all Indians, and sixth among all captains. It's also easily the highest for a wicketkeeper - the next best is Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim, with 19 matches as captain.

294 Test dismissals for Dhoni, the fifth highest among all wicketkeepers, and the best for an Indian by far: the next best is Syed Kirmani's 198 dismissals in 88 matches.

27 The number of Tests India won with Dhoni as captain - the next highest for India is Sourav Ganguly with 21. Only six captains won more Tests than Dhoni did.

21 The number of home Tests India won under Dhoni, which puts him fourth in the all-time list - only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh captained in more home wins. The next best for India is Mohammad Azharuddin with 13 wins. However, in overseas Tests India won only six out of 30 under Dhoni, and lost 15. In contrast, India won 11 out of 28 overseas Tests under Ganguly, and five out of 17 under Rahul Dravid. Since the 2011 World Cup, India lost 13 out of 18 overseas Tests under Dhoni, winning only one and drawing four.

9 Number of dismissals Dhoni affected in his last Test (eight catches, one stumping), which is the highest for an Indian wicketkeeper. There are five instances of eight dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper, of which Dhoni was the protagonist three times. In Test history, there are only four instances of wicketkeepers affecting more than nine dismissals in a Test.

38 The number of stumpings by Dhoni, which is the joint third highest in Test history, along with Kirmani. Only Godfrey Evans (46) and Bert Oldfield (52) have more stumpings.

 224 Dhoni's score against Australia in Chennai last year, the third best ever by a wicketkeeper in Tests. Only Andy Flower (232* against India in 2000) and Kumar Sangakkara (230 versus Pakistan in 2002) have made bigger scores. Before Dhoni's double-century, the highest by a wicketkeeper for India was Budhi Kunderan's 192 against England in 1964.

4876 Runs that Dhoni scored in Tests, which is the third best for a wicketkeeper, after Adam Gilchrist (5570) and Mark Boucher (5515). Among Indian wicketkeepers it's easily the best, well clear of Kirmani's 2759 and Farrokh Engineer's 2611. He averaged 38.09, the best among Indian wicketkeepers who played more than three Tests, while his six Test hundreds is three times the next best for India.

47.21 Dhoni's batting average in Tests in Asia. In 72 innings he scored six hundreds and 18 fifties. He played exactly 72 innings outside Asia as well, but didn't manage a single hundred, and averaged 29.79. His highest outside Asia was 92, at The Oval in 2007.

3454 Runs scored by Dhoni as Test captain, which is the highest among Indian captains. Sunil Gavaskar is next, with 3449 runs in 47 Tests as captain, while Azharuddin made 2856 runs in 47 matches. Dhoni averaged 40.63 as captain; when not captain, his average dropped to 33.06.

2871 The Test runs Dhoni scored from the No. 7 position, the highest for India at that slot; Kapil Dev is next with an aggregate of 2861. No other Indian batsman has scored more than 800 runs from that position.

15 The number of overseas Tests India lost under Dhoni. Only Stephen Fleming (16 losses from 42 Tests) and Brian Lara (16 losses from 20 Tests) have lost more overseas games as captain.

78 Number of sixes Dhoni hit in Tests. Among Indians only Virender Sehwag, with 90 sixes, has more.

22 The number of century partnerships that Dhoni was involved in. His most prolific partnerships came with VVS Laxman: in 27 stands they aggregated 1361 runs, at an average of 56.70 runs per completed partnership, with three century stands. Laxman was the only partner with whom Dhoni put together more than 1000 runs. Of the four double-century partnerships he was involved in, two were with Laxman.

2 Number of Man-of-the-Match awards Dhoni won in Tests. Both were against Australia - in Mohali in 2008, and in Chennai in 2013.

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