The Indian cricket team has produced several phenomenal batsmen in the international arena. However, not every batsman has been able to withstand the pressure of performing in the biggest cricketing tournament - The World Cup and has failed to prove his prowess as a batsman in this coveted tournament.
On the contrary, though, there have been legends who have not only showcased their class, skill, and temperament on the grandest stage but have also shown to the world that they have 'nerves of steel'. Here are top 4 former Indian Captains who have performed consistently in the world cup matches with the bat.
#4 MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a name that needs no introduction. He is certainly one of the greatest limited overs batsmen to have ever played the game. Dhoni's ability to finish matches earned him the title of ' the finisher' of the Indian team. Dhoni has impressed every cricket fan with his attacking batting style, scoring more than 10000 ODI runs at an incredible average of 50.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has been a consistent performer with the bat in the world cup matches. Dhoni has represented India in 20 World cup matches, scoring 507 runs at an average of 42.25, including a match-winning 91 not out against Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 World cup.
#3 Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly was one of the most elegant and classy left-handed batsmen to play the game. Ganguly was best known for his aggressive captaincy and batting which grabbed attention from all corners of the world.
He scored more than 11000 ODI runs among which 1006 runs came in world cup matches at an average of 55.88 in the 21 world cup games he played for India. Under his captaincy, India made it to the finals of the 2003 World cup.
#2 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is the role model for millions of aspiring cricketers across of the globe. The 'God of Cricket' has achieved every landmark that a cricketer can as he scored over 18000 ODI runs in the 445 matches he played for India. Sachin's record in World Cup matches has been phenomenal as he has scored 2287 runs at an average of 56.95.
#1 Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid was one of the finest middle-order batsmen for India, who gave numerous rock-solid performances for India which earned him the title of 'The Wall'. His success in ODI cricket is often underestimated but it's quite evident from his stats that he was a genuine match winner for India. Rahul scored over 10000 runs in his one day career at an average of 39. Rahul has been a stand out performer in the big games, he has represented India in 22 world cup matches scoring 860 runs at an unbelievable average of 61.42.