Key men ahead of the World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday:
India-- Virat Kohli
Looms as India's key batsman and has enjoyed a solid World Cup with 107 in his first hit against Pakistan and no score below 33 in his other five knocks.
Supremely confident player who refuses to back down to rivals' sledging and was outstanding in the preceding four-Test series against Australia with an India record aggregate of 692 tuns at 86.50 with four centuries.
Kohli, seen as India's natural heir to Sachin Tendlkar, hates losing and sees his role as playing a long innings to enable India's power hitters to play with freedom late in the innings.
Bangladesh--Shakib Al Hasan
Much rests on all-rounder Shakib with bat and ball if Bangladesh are to bring off the upset of the tournament and knock defending champions India out of the tournament.
Shakib, who is the first Bangladeshi cricketer to make 4,000 ODI runs, was recently deposed as the ICC's top-ranked all-rounder by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan.
He has scored two half-centuries in the World Cup and took four for 23 against New Zealand, highlighting his all-round capabilities. AFP