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Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni but no Virat Kohli among 16 greatest Indian players in Cricket World Cup history

List of Indian cricketers who did their nation proud at game's showpiece event, which enters final two weeks

Few people can skirt around Sachin Tendulkar's achievements at the Cricket World Cup while discussing his batting genius. His performances whenever the tournament came around - more often that not every four years - were of a different class - perhaps with the exception of 2007 when India were knocked out in the first round.

Which Indian fan can forget his unbeaten 54 coupled with 1-37 against Pakistan in 1992, his chart-topping run in 1996, his hundred against Kenya just days after his father's death in 1999, his 98 under enormous pressure against Pakistan in 2003, and his consistency throughout 2011 making him the second-highest run-getter that year?

Aside from being the highest run-scorer in World Cup history - at 2,278 runs - his lifelong dream of winning the World Cup came true in 2011 as well. These reasons make Tendulkar the greatest Indian to have played in the World Cup.

There are some obvious names in the list, such as cup-winning captains Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni. Other usual suspects include Sourav Ganguly and Mohinder Amarnath. But there are those names of players who may not have had a hugely successful career or World Cup record, but whose performances at a certain juncture in a game turned India's fortunes around for the better.

Take a look at the slideshow above at who else made the list of 16 Indian players who gave their hundreds of millions of fans plenty of joy.

Updated: May 18, 2019 01:50 PM

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