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    In pics: Greats playing their last WC

    • Ricky Ponting (Australia): Punter has taken every challenge on his chin until now and would like to end his illustrious career by leading his team to a record-breaking third consecutive and fifth overall World Cup victory. (Getty Images)

    • Sachin Tendulkar (India): The genius, who is playing in his sixth and probably last World Cup, holds almost every conceivable run-making record in a career that spans over two decades. Just the World Cup is missing. (Getty Images)

    • Chris Gayle (West Indies): The left-handed batsman has kept the bowlers on their toes with his hard hitting until now. He, along with team's other experienced pros Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, will dig deep to take the Windies cricket on the road to recovery. (Getty Images)

    • Jacques Kallis (South Africa): In what could be his last major assignment, the stalwart, who has seen the ups and downs of South African cricket for the past sixteen years, will look to wipe out the 'chokers' tag from the face of Proteas cricket by winning the game's biggest prize. (Getty Images)

    • Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka): The 38-year-old magician, who holds the highest-wicket record in both Tests and ODIs, would like to bid international cricket adieu by helping the island nation win the coveted prize for the second time. (Getty Images)

    • Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan): The maverick pacer has set the speed guns ablaze with his fiesty fast bowling in the last decade or so and will look to finish his controversial career on a high. (Getty Images)

    • Daniel Vettori (New Zealand): The shrewd left-arm spinner has shouldered the burden of lifting Kiwi cricket from the time he first arrived on the scene. He will have a huge task of bringing the Black Caps back on track and leave a lasting impression on the world. (Getty Images)

    • Paul Collingwood (England): The 34-year-old who has enthralled one and all with his electric ground fielding so far, will boost England's hope of adding the elusive trophy to their cabinet. (Getty Images)