As the ICC Champions Trophy is approaching, I decided to take a look at the players who will be a key factor in deciding the destination of the trophy.
There were many players to choose from, but i decided to go with the following players. These players are chosen by me and you can freely comment on my selection.
I have chosen these players on comparing them with other teams.
Sadly, as the West Indies cricketing ship has been drowned by their poor form, so I chose to select none of their players for this team.
The 'Little Master', as he is known, is arguably the best Indian batsmen of all time. People once used to say 'get Tendulkar out and you'll get India out'.
He is a truly great batsman who is capable a mixing both attack and defence effectively.
In the absence of Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar will probally open India's innings with Gautam Gambhir, and it will be important for India that Tendulkar anchors the innings from opener, while Gambhir attempts to play freely and score quickly.
The Proteas captain, has taken his team to top of the world rankings. The important thing for Smith is that he will be playing at home.
Smith is an important part of the South Africa team, both as captain and opening the innings, and as a batsman. The onus will be on him to produce some match winning innings.
A flamboyant Pakistani opener. Nazir is a dasher with the bat and a capable striker of a Cricket ball. His downfall throughout his career has been his inconsistency. However when he's on form, and swinging the blade, he can leave bowlers begging for mercy.
A surprise selection for the tournament, his free-scoring style and weight of runs could prove vital for Pakistan if they are stand a chance at emulating their T20 success.
Currently, ranked as the number one One Day bowler in the world, Kulasekara was recently named as the man of the series against Pakistan.
A tough bowler to get away in the shorter form of the game, Kulasekara's form in South Africa could be vital for Sri Lanka's hopes of winning the tournament.
The Captain of the Black Caps will have his work cut out if his team are to prosper in South Africa. Arguably the best One Day International spinner in the world, his subtle variations and changes of pace are perhaps New Zealand's most dangerous weapon.
Capable of scoring runs lower down the order should the New Zealand top order fail to score, his qualities will have to come firmly to the fore if New Zealand are to win the tournament.
Dogged and determined batsman, who has been a key part of the England One Day International line up. A fine One-Day batsman, boasting a batting average of 34.46, he makes a suitable foil for some of the more explosive talents in Englands batting lineup.
Meanwhile his medium pace bowling can be difficult to get away, as his bowling average of 37.11 shows, and his spectacular talents are world-renowned, and Collingwood could have a key role to play in South Africa.