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    ICC World T20: The men who can turn a game on its head

    • Mahendra Singh Dhoni [India]: Dhoni was there when India won the inaugural WT20 way back in 2007. Nine years later, he is still at the helm to lead hosts India in their bid to become the first country to lift the trophy for a second time. For the 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who has already retired from Tests, it could well be his last shot at the title. And as the world knows, Dhoni is a man for big occasions and will look to make the most of it. (Getty Images)

    • Chris Gayle [West Indies]: The explosive batsman is one of cricket's biggest stars, both on and off the field. The Jamaican smashed 50 off just 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League in January to equal the fastest half-century in T20 history. Gayle was instrumental in taking the West Indies to WT20 title in 2012 and 'the beast', as he is often called by his fans, is the one of the most sought after cricketers in the world. Gayle, 36, holds an amazing record in the shortest format of the game, bettered over the years by his experience in IPL and Big Bash. (Getty Images)

    • Glenn Maxwell [Australia]: The destructive middle-order batsman, Glenn Maxwell was Australia’s second-highest run getter in the last edition of the World T20. Maxwell is well capable of changing the course of the match on his own and is also a crowd favourite in India due to his IPL antics. Maxwell loves playing in India and he will be key to Australia's campaign to win their maiden WT20 trophy. (Getty Images)

    • Tillakaratne DILSHAN [Sri Lanka]: An expert exponent of T20 cricket, Dilshan has been one of the most amazing openers around the world. The inventor of the popular

    • Mohammad Amir [Pakistan]: Amir returns for his first ICC event following a five-year ban for spot-fixing upon the back of impressive performances on tour in New Zealand and the recently-concluded Asia Cup. The intimidating fast bowler impressed one and all by his sheer pace and impeccable line and length. The 23-year-old Amir, who was considered one of the best young fast bowling prospects in the world before his fall from grace, will be leading Pakistan's pace attack and is expected to test the batsmen. For Amir, WT20 is the best opportunity to prove his detractors wrong and win back some hearts. (Getty Images)

    • AB de Villiers [South Africa]: The South African 'Superman' is the most fearsome hitter of the ball in present-day cricket and is considered a nightmare for the bowlers. The holder of fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in ODI cricket, De Villiers is a destructive batsmen in all formats who is adored in India for his power batting in the IPL. In Johannesburg in February he smashed the fastest T20 fifty by a South African, off just 21 balls. (Getty Images)

    • Martin Guptill [New Zealand]: In the absence of Brendon McCullum, who most recently retired from international cricket, New Zealand will trust their opener Martin Guptill to do the job. Guptill has been in form and can play a formidable role in the New Zealand's campaign. (Getty Images)

    • Ravichandran Ashwin [India]: Everything that can be said or written about Ashwin is less. The Tamil Nadu offspinner has been one of the primary reasons behind India's success in Tests. When it comes to the Indian conditions, Ashwin is a star in his own rights and can bamboozle any batsman regardless of the stature. Ashwin will be India's go-to man in the WT20. (Getty Images)

    • Ben Stokes [England]: Regarded by many as a true allrounder, Stokes has a never-say-die attitude and is not bowed down by challenges. He has also been a go-to man for England in more than one occasion. The new Ian Botham, as he is known back home, made the second fastest Test double hundred off just 163 balls against South Africa. England, who have won the WT20 in 2010, will aim to win it for the second time and Stokes will be a key member in their scheme of things. (Getty Images)

    • Lasith Malinga [Sri Lanka]: Malinga, 32, is Sri Lanka's highest wicket-taker in T20 history and captained his country to the World Twenty20 crown two years ago. Called as Slinga Malinga by his fans, his ability to bowl yorkers at will has spearheaded Sri lanka's pace bowling attack for years and has been one of the prime reasons for the Islanders' success. Malinga will once again lead the new crop of Sri Lankan bowlers and will look to repeat the script of 2014. (Getty Images)

    • Shahid Afridi [Pakistan]: Pakistan's Afridi quit Test cricket in 2010 and ODIs after last year's World Cup, and the destructive batsman that fans call

    • Virat Kohli [India]: The Indian vice-captain is in red-hot form and will be key to the chances of the hosts when their campaign begins against New Zealand on March 15. The 27-year-old's aggressive batting and self-assurance bailed India out more than once during the recent Asia Cup. In recent years, Kohli has come out as one of the most bankable players in modern-day cricket and his growing sense of judgement is only helping his team's cause.

    • Andre Russell [West Indies]: The West Indies allrounder has played only one Test against Sri Lanka in 2010, but has carved out a cricket career as a sought after all-rounder in T20s. He has regularly played in the West Indies one-day squads and has also enjoyed stints with various T20 sides in India, Australia and Pakistan. Russell, who last month helped Islamabad United win the Pakistan Super League and was named man of the tournament, also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. (Getty Images)

    • Jasprit Bumrah [India]: The emergence of young Jasprit Bumrah as a potent death-overs bowler has come as a huge relief for Indian captain Dhoni. Bumrah is equally effective with the new ball. Also, he has provided good support to Ashish Nehra and has proved his worth in Australia and Asia Cup. With his unconventional action, Bumrah is sometimes tricky to read for batsmen which makes him a bit special. (Getty Images)

    • David Warner [Australia]: Power hitting is a synonyms of Australian opener David Warner. His natural composure and attacking style makes him the most dangerous batsman in Australian lineup. Warner's 2,525 runs in the IPL also speaks volumes on how much of a threat he could be in Indian conditions. Australia will sought to use his IPL experience extensively. (Getty Images)

    • Jos Buttler [England]: Jos Buttler has been one of the most exciting talents to come out of England in recent times with a great impact on the ODI and T20 teams. Buttler also has the fastest England ODI hundred to his name which he scored off just 46 balls against Pakistan in Dubai. The wicketkeeper batsman is a treat to watch once he gets going. (Getty Images)

    • Shane Watson [Australia]: Shane Watson has consistently defied critics to bounce back into the Australian side after serious injuries, and was the highest earner in this year's Indian Premier League auction. After quitting Test cricket following last year's Ashes defeat to England, Watson, 34, was dropped from the ODI squad. But a successful season with Sydney Thunder in Australia's Big Bash League earned Watson a berth for this year's series against India where he scored a century in the last T20I. Watson's success and his vast experience of playing in the IPL will certainly be a plus point for Australia at the WT20. (Getty Images)