Cricket is a war which is officially fought with 11 legitimate soldiers fielded by each side within the rope of stadiums but sometimes difference can be made by those who are outside the rope.
This may include the substitutes or supporting staff but for Sport360 it is the fans who are the real 12th man of a team because they can either lift the spirit or take inspiration away by booing their team.
Different fans react differently to certain occasion considering how the cricket culture is evolving in their country like people of Pakistan, West India and India are really emotional while fans of England, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand would also show their anger but in a different way.
The 2015 World Cup will see colourful 12th man of different teams like England’s Barmy army, India’s Bharat Army while Australia’s 12th man would be most dangerous despite not being physically present – the late Phil Hughes.
Co hosts Australia will have the biggest hunger as a nation to win this World Cup for their 12th man who is no more with them but his memories lives on in hearts and minds.
SPORT360's CRICKET WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN
– 13 days to go: O'Brien storm blows England away
– 14 days to go: Arvinda de Silva in world of his own
– 15 days to go: Australia bamboozle the Namibians
– 16 days to go: New format catches out India, Pakistan
– 17 days to go: Madan Lal’s 17 wickets help India to triumph
– 18 days to go: Dennis delight at first World Cup century
– 19 days to go: Economical Imran Khan of Pakistan
– 20 days to go: Bichel cleans up against England
– 21 days to go: Sachin Tendulkar the runs machine
– 22 days to go: The unwanted record of Nathan Astle
– 23 days to go: Nehra rattles England in South Africa
– 24 days to go: The great Kapil Dev's strike rate for India
– 25 days to go: Australia's Invincibles dominate for eight
– 26 days to go: Glenn McGrath's wicket-taking exploits
– 27 days to go: Zaheer Khan's striking ability
– 28 days to go: Herschelle Gibbs just loves sixes
– 29 days to go: Australia's 29-ball haul destroys India