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India's 2008 CB Series Squad: Where are they now?

It was India's first ever tri-series win in Australia.

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Top 5 / Top 10 04 Mar 2018, 13:05 IST
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Tendulkar stood up and delivered when it mattered the most
Tendulkar stood up and delivered when it mattered the most

Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India scaled many new heights, especially in 50-over cricket.

One of Dhoni's first big achievements came in the early parts of 2008, when he led a young Indian side, minus some big stars, to the country's first-ever triangular series win on Australian soil.

This week marks 10 years since that victory and we look back at what the players from that winning squad are up to now:

MS Dhoni (Captain, Wicketkeeper)

After beating Pakistan at home in early November, this series in Australia was MS Dhoni's first big assignment as India captain.

Leading a side that had players who had never played on Australian shores in the past, the then 26-year-old showed astute leadership skills and remarkable composure - attributes which would define his leadership in the coming years - to guide his side to the title.

The series also saw the evolution of Dhoni the flamboyant batsman to Dhoni the accumulator and finisher as he played a key role in few matches to help his side get past the line.

10 years on, he remains one of the few active members of the present side, assisting Virat Kohli with his leadership in the limited-overs set-up.

Sachin Tendulkar

The master batsman, on his fourth tour to Australia, enjoyed a golden run with the bat in hand, stroking his way to 399 runs in the competition in 10 matches at an average of 44.33.

In the absence of several experienced players, Tendulkar had to take on the responsibility of being the main batsman in the team and he accepted the role with both hands.

His most significant contributions came in the best-of-three finals, when he helped India chase down 240 runs by scoring an unbeaten century in the first final and then 91 runs in the second final to help them reach a match-winning total.

It would prove to be Tendulkar's best-ever tour to Australia as he and the side struggled in the following one in 2012, a year after which he announced his retirement and moved away into other activities.

Gautam Gambhir

This tour to Australia saw the emergence of Gautam Gambhir as a reliable player at the top of the order.

Batting at the Number 3 position, the left-hander was the top-scorer in the series, making 440 runs in 10 matches, including two hundreds.

With Sourav Ganguly not selected for the tour, this was a really big opportunity for the Delhi cricketer and he grabbed it with both hands, and ensured he remained in the side on a regular basis for the next few years.

After striking a purple patch for a few years, Gambhir's fortunes took a turn for the worse and he now finds himself out of the side in all three formats of the game.

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