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    Asia Cup 2014: Top picks among the five teams

    • With incredible consistency, Virat Kohli has of late been the spinal cord of Indian batting. With 18 centuries and 30 fifties in 130 ODIs at an astonishing average of 51.85, Virat will be the key batsman for India in Bangladesh.

    • After an impressive show in South Africa and New Zealand, pacer Mohammad Shami is all set for his first Asia Cup. In 25 ODIs so far, Shami has claimed 41 scalps.

    • One of the most prolific batsmen among the young batting brigade of Pakistan, Umar Akmal will be the key to Pakistani middle order. He has so far 89 matches scoring 2370 runs.

    • Regarded as one of the best spinners in the world today, Saeed Ajmal's ability to strangle the batsmen to death will be key on dry wickets in Fatullah and Mirpur.

    • Experience of Mahela Jayawardene will be the key for Sri Lanka. The former Sri Lankan captain has the experience of a mammoth 407 ODIs with 11401 runs in his name.

    • Lasith Malinga, the toe-crusher from Sri Lanka, is a proven performer, especially in limited-overs cricket. His death-over yorkers are a captain's delight and can turn a match on its head.

    • Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is arguably one of the best allrounders around these days. Shakib has performed appreciably with both bat and ball and will once again carry Bangladesh's hopes in the Asia Cup.

    • A good line-and-length bowler Mashrafe Mortaza is known for his aggression on the field. With 165 wickets in 131 ODIs, Mortaza will be leading the Bangladesh pace attack in the Asia Cup.

    • Afghanistan, who have qualified for their maiden appearance in the World Cup at the coming edition in 2015, have made it to the Asia Cup through lion-hearted performances throughout the last year. They will be led by Mohammad Nabi.

    • The lethal Afghanistan pacer Shapoor Zadran has played 18 ODIs taking 24 wickets. He is on Afghan player to look out for.