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Afridi, Tendulkar in ICC's World Cup XI
MUMBAI - Pakistan captain Shahid Khan Afridi and India’s Sachin Tendulkar along with Sri Lanka’s star bowler Muttiah Muralitharan have been named in the International Cricket Council's team of the World Cup announced on Sunday. The World Cup runners-up Sri Lanka contributed four players while champions India just three to the ICC’s team of the tournament.
India defeated fellow tournament co-hosts Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni making a man-of-the-match winning 91 not out. But the ICC's five-man panel of experts, looking at the World Cup as a whole, opted for Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as skipper.
The other Sri Lankans in the team were dashing opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who made his final international appearance. India's trio were Sachin Tendulkar, a World Cup winner at the sixth attempt, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh -- the man of the tournament -- and left-arm quick Zaheer Khan.
ICC's team of the World Cup (in batting order): Sachin Tendulkar (IND), Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Kumar Sangakkara (SL,captain/wk), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), AB de Villiers (SA), Yuvraj Singh (IND), Shane Watson (AUS), Shahid Afridi (PAK), Dale Steyn (SA), Zaheer Khan (IND), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) Twelfth man: Tim Southee (NZ).