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Monday, December 7, 2009

My All-Time Cricket XI team

I have been thinking for a long time to put up a post like this. This list contains names of only those cricketers who I have seen playing that is only those players playing since 1994. Some of the players like Kapil Dev, Javed Miandad though are in a league of their own, were way past their prime after 1994. So I won't include them in this list.

So here is my list:

  1. Virender Sehwag
  2. Jacques Kallis
  3. Ricky Ponting(C)
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. Brian Lara
  6. Rahul Dravid 
  7. Adam Gilchrist(WK)
  8. Wasim Akram
  9. Shane Warne
  10. Muttiah Muralitharan
  11. Glenn Mcgrath
12th man:  Mathew Hayden

You might think that since I am an Indian I put a lot of Indian players into the team, especially Virender Sehwag in place of someone like Mathew Hayden. I have a perfectly valid reason for that. None of the Australian Batsmen played Glenn Mcgrath or Shane Warne, the bowlers who can be easily in any world class team. So I have placed Virender Sehwag ahead of Mathew Hayden. Kallis, is the best all-rounder of the two decades and is quite capable of opening the innings in any condition. His immaculate batting technique and temperament perfectly compliments the brutal attack of Sehwag. And he would be perfectly content to play the second fiddle to Sehwag. Ponting, Tendulkar and Lara the three legends of modern cricket automatically pick themselves into the team. Any word used explaining why they do so will be a waste. Next comes Rahul Dravid. With his copybook technique and the ability to hang around while keeping the scoreboard ticking he will be an immense asset to the team. In case of a collapse he can bind the innings together. Adam Gilchrist with his exceptional wicket keeping ability and his ability to blast apart any bowling attack  becomes an automatic choice for the slot of wicket keeper. Next comes Wasim Akram the sultan of swing, followed by the twin spin wizards Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. Finally comes in the highly accurate Glenn Mcgrath.With such a potent bowling combination and batting order can any team really challenge this team. I think not!

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