Six to follow at the World Cup
The World Cup features the obvious stars of international cricket: performers of rare magnitude like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shahid Afridi.
But beyond these stellar names lies an intriguing layer of talented players, some of whom could see their reputation greatly enhanced in the upcoming tournament.
Here's a guide to six players you may not have heard of who are worth following at this World Cup:
Virat Kohli, Ryan ten Doeschate, Angelo Mathews, Abdur Razzak, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Adrian Barath (All photos Getty Images)
Virat Kohli (India), born 5 November, 1988, batsman
Such is the strength of India's batting that despite his excellent overall statistics and recent form, this stylish young player is not quite an automatic pick.
However, the official one-day rankings make Kohli the joint-second best batsman in the world, alongside AB de Villiers and behind Hashim Amla. Surely Mahendra Dhoni will want him in the side, possibly in the pivotal number four role.
The former skipper of the victorious India team at the 2008 under-19 Cricket World Cup, Kolhi has produced a string of consistent scores, and possesses a rock-solid cover-drive that has brought him plenty of boundaries at opportune moments.
First viewed as a replacement for unfit batsmen, he has struck four match-winning centuries since his one-day international debut in August 2008 and deserves a sustained run in the side.
Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands), born 30 June, 1980, all-rounder
The Dutch may not win a game at the World Cup, but they are guaranteed six matches including their traditional "cup final" against Ireland in Kolkata on 18 March.
Their best player by a country mile, and the man I believe is the best cricketer among all the associate nations, is the South Africa-born Essex stalwart Ryan ten Doeschate.
A ruthless aggressor against modest bowlers, he can also hit pretty good balls for four and six when in his best form, but is often required to play with more caution for the Netherlands than in county cricket.
A handy seam bowler too, this may be his last chance to prove to South Africa's selectors that they are missing a trick by not picking him for their limited-overs squads.
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), born 2 June, 1987, all-rounder
Mathews is unquestionably one of the most exciting young players in Asia and a genuine all-rounder rated extremely highly by Sri Lanka's coaching staff.
Deliberately given his head in international cricket as a raw 21-year-old - the feeling being that he would learn quicker at the highest level than within Sri Lanka's domestic programme - he has repaid the selectors' faith with some telling contributions.
Mathews came of age as a bowler with a stunning return of 6-20 against India in 2009 and hammered a memorable match-winning 77 against Australia at the MCG last November, featuring some wonderful driving and pulling.
An intelligent cricketer, he gets the most out of his brisk medium pace, and is one of the most sought-after properties in the Indian Premier League, attracting a $950,000 contract from the new franchise, Pune.
Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh), born 15 June, 1982, slow left-arm bowler
Not to be confused with the more experienced Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, this Bangladesh spinner lives firmly in the shadow of his more gregarious captain Shakib Al Hasan.
Shakib, also a very good batsman and the only real star name in the Tigers line-up, has been outbowled of late by Razzak, who took 13 wickets in the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe last December.
Getting through his spells quickly, Razzak's left-arm angle can pin down some of international cricket's quickest-scoring batsmen and he also enjoyed success against England home and away last year.
Has been in trouble with the authorities in the past for a crooked bowling action but appears to have overcome his indiscretions. Razzak needs to bowl well if Bangladesh are to make the quarter-finals.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe (South Africa), born 7 March 1984, fast bowler
Tsotsobe has played only 19 one-day internationals, but has a healthy return of 36 wickets and had gained some decent economy rates until finding himself the victim of a rampaging Yusuf Pathan at Centurion in January.
Despite Pathan's heroic century, South Africa won the match, an important series decider, tidily - and Tsotsobe took the first and last wickets.
Known by his easier-to-pronounce middle name of "Lopsy", it is a surprise that a big, strong man with a bustling run-up fails to achieve anything like the express pace of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
However, the contrast could suit South Africa on the generally slow sub-continent wickets, and with few recognised spin options Tsotsobe potentially has a key role to play.
Adrian Barath (West Indies), born 14 April, 1990, opening batsman
This World Cup may come a shade too early for this exciting prospect, who had not been born when Tendulkar was taking his first steps as an international cricketer. Then again, Barath might just be ready for the big occasion.
In the short time he has had to make an impact, he has done exactly that. He crafted a Test century on debut at the Gabba and a maiden ODI century in his first innings in the sub-continent, against Sri Lanka in late January.
First impressions are a feature of Barath's game. On his Trinidad and Tobago debut, at 16, he put on a 170 runs in an opening stand with Daren Ganga, a national record in first-class cricket.
A right-hander who combines lusty lofted blows with wristy cuts and glances, he has even had a taste of the IPL and struck a promising 33 last year for the King's XI Punjab against the powerful Mumbai Indians.