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    In pics: Captains of the 2011 World Cup

    • Andrew Strauss (England): It would be interesting to see whether the opening batsman with coach Andy Flower keep the Ashes-winning momentum going in the mega event however the sub-continental conditions might be a different kettle of fish for the Englishmen.

    • William Porterfield (Ireland): His excellent 85 in the 2007 World Cup helped Ireland to register a famous win over Bangladesh. The 26-year-old left hander, with his troops, would like to use this World Cup as a stepping stone to reach the next level in the game.

    • Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh): With exciting players like Tamim Iqbal and Abdur Razzak at his disposal, the 23-year-old skipper will hope to go a step further to attain something unimaginable for the cricket crazy Bangladeshi public.

    • MS Dhoni (India): Come February 19, over a billion cricket-frenzy supporters will cheer him and his side to win the most-prized possesion in the world of cricket. The 29-year-old talisman, who has helped his side touch new heights, would like ladyluck favouring him one more time in the big event.

    • Ricky Ponting (Australia): The fiesty Ponting is eyeing to add a fourth successive silverware for the once mighty Australians. Though his form with the bat is dodgy of late but no one can question his ability to lead the side.

    • Graeme Smith (South Africa): The meaty-looking batsman, who got the reins of South Africa at an early age of 22, has led the Proteas from the front in every aspect of the game so far. Smith, who may be leading his side for the last time in a major event, would like to wipe out the longstanding chokers' tag once and for all from the face of South African cricket.

    • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka): Combativeness seems to be an inherent quality for the 33-year-old left hander. His ability to take the opposition by the scruff of their neck makes him a true leader. The wicketkeeper batsman, with able support from other pros - Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan - can surely give the island nation its second World Cup trophy.

    • Darren Sammy (West Indies): To take the Caribbean side to World Cup glory will be too much to ask for from the first St Lucian player to have reprensented the national side. But his unquestionable desire to perform in every aspect of the game could go in his favour.

    • Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe): Arguably the hardest hitter in the side, the 24-year-old is also capable of surprising batsmen with his deceptive medium pace bowling. Chingumbura, with a bunch of talented young players, will look to give the more fancied sides a run for their money.

    • Peter Borren (Netherlands): The 27-year-old all-rounder will lead a combination of young and experienced players for the mega event. Borren, who has earned the nickname 'Baldrick' for his chirpiness on the field from his teammates, will look to make his team's presence felt among the other top guns.

    • Jimmy Kamande (Kenya): The off-spinner, with the support of the Obuya brothers and veteran Steve Tikolo, will aim to keep the Kenyan hopes afloat in the quadrennial event.

    • Daniel Vettori (New Zealand): The veteran, who has recently relinquished captaincy responsibilities from the longest version of the game, has a real job on his hands. He will have to exude confidence and belief in a side whose morale is extremely low leading up to the big event.

    • Ashish Bagai (Canada): The wicketkeeper batsman will arguably lead the most inexperienced side among the associate nations participating in the mega event. Only three players - Bagai, paceman Henry Osinde and all-rounder John Davison - have got World Cup experience in the 16-member squad.