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October 26, 2010

Cricket’s Best ‘All-Time’ XI

The Team(s)

I will begin with My Team A and Team B (how could I select just ONE team!) and then explain the selection. However, this would be selecting in the ‘traditional’ way – taking the best possible player in each position irrespective of which other players are picked in the team. So, it will be a collection of great players, but might be a great team. But that is true whenever we select an ‘all-time’ team.

I would like to select an all-rounder heavy team like:
1. Gavaskar – Sobers called him the best batsman he has seen
2. Hutton (or Hobbs, or Sutcliffe) – Numbers speak for them
3. Bradman – Well, he is The Don
4. Tendulkar (or Richards, or Headley)
5. Kallis – One-change bowler who scored 44 test centuries!!
6. Sobers – The best cricketer ever
7. Imran
8. Gilchrist – Another automatic selection like Bradman/ Sobers
9. Hadlee (or Akram), replaced by Murali/ Warne on spinning tracks
10. Warne (or Murali) – Numbers! Victims!
11. Marshall – Arguably the best fast bowler ever

However, the following would be more traditional teams:

TEAM-ATEAM-B
OPENERSSunil GavaskarJack Hobbs
Len HuttonVirender Sehwag
MIDDLE ORDERDon BradmanGeorge Headley
Sachin TendulkarBrian Lara
Vivian RichardsWalter Hammond
BATTING ALL-ROUNDERGarfield SobersJacques Kallis
WICKET KEEPERAdam GilchristAlan Knott
BOWLING ALL-ROUNDERImran KhanKeith Miller
PACERSMalcolm MarshallWasim Akram
Sydney BarnesGlen McGrath
SPINNERMuttaiah MuralitharanShane Warne
12TH MANRichard HadleeDennis Lillee
The Best Test XI with One-Spinner Option

So, how do we define who are the ‘best’?

In short, the answer might be: the ones who are most difficult to leave out.

The most widely accepted approach seems to be picking players based on their entire career, preferably a long one – not just a handful of games. But I do see a few exceptions to that. Barry Richards has been picked by many former cricketers as being one of the greatest in spite of playing just four international matches. He dominated in those games – but I would hesitate to declare him an all-time great based on just that tiny sample. Had Azharuddin played just three test matches (he scored a century in each of the first three he played), would we consider him an all-time great? Do people consider Vinod Kambli, in spite of all the potential he had shown and in spite of scoring back-to-back double tons, as one of the stalwarts? On the bowling side, would Bob Massie or Narendra Hirwani be considered greats?

But going by statistics and the accounts from other players, I think there wouldn’t be much debate about the selection of Don Bradman, and Garfield Sobers.

CricInfo has published a World XI for Test cricket. It’s fun to play selector for hypothetical teams. This was going on for some time on CricInfo and Pakistanis must have voted for Miandad while New Zealanders must have voted for Martin Crowe as the second best middle-order batsman ever.

I have used the pool of cricketers created by CricInfo. It is easier that way. But I do not necessarily agree to their 5-batsmen 4-bowlers 1-allrounder approach. I would rather have four main bowlers and two to three change bowlers. This is particularly helpful on flat pitches.

Comparing players from different era is difficult in any game – all the more so in cricket! Not only did the rules change over time, a plethora of other things have changed as well – making it extremely complicated to compare the statistics. But there are certain things that most people agree on.

First, batting on uncovered pitches is more difficult than on covered ones. That gives an edge to the batsmen from the older generation.

But then, with the expansion of cricket came more variety in bowling, and that made batting more difficult.

However, with more protection for the batsmen – both physical, and through rules – batting has become easier now.

And then, with better grounds equipment, pitches are more predictable now. The grounds have become shorter. The outfields are now quicker.

But fielding has become way better now!

Ok, so we get it – it’s never apples to apples, but we don’t have any other better way to judge players than by statistics and by the accounts of other players from the era.

Ok, without further ado, here is what my team composition will be:

Five Batsmen

An Attacking Opener

Keeping an opener who can dominate the ball from the very beginning is a viable option here because we should have a solid middle order.Graeme Smith, Virender Sehwag, Mathew Hayden, Conrad Hunte, and Gordon Grinidge fall into this category. However, this is not an absolute necessity, and I will not have a so-called attacking opener in my ‘A’ team.

Graeme Smith (91 tests 7457 runs @ 49.7 22×100 29×50) and Sehwag (87 tests 7694 runs @ 53.4 22×100 27×50) are my choices. Of the two, Sehwag has been chosen in their all-time XI by a host of his contemporary cricketers. .

Barry Richards played in too few international matches to be considered in an all-time XI. Sehwag and Smith are clearly the best attacking openers, going by statistics and by what contemporary players have to say. Gordon Grinidge, Conrad Hunte etc have far worse staistics than these two – but they are considered greats by other cricketers.

An Anchoring Opener

Hutton (79 tests 6971 runs @ 56.7 19×100 33×50) or Hobbs (61 tests 5410 runs @ 56.9 15×100 28×50) would be one fantastic choice here. Either of them can come in based purely on batting average. However, Gavaskar (125 tests 10122 runs @ 51.12 34×100 45×50) would replace one of the two, though. These three are among the best five opening batsmen of all time.

Why would I pick Gavaskar ahead of Hobbs or Hutton? The primary reason is that Gavaskar has played in the era of arguably the best fast bowling, and he exceled. To be the best, you need to beat the best. What can be more impressive than scoring 13 centuries against the mighty West Indies that had four of the greatest fast bowlers of all time?

Three Middle-Order Batsmen

Three middle-order batsmen should follow that can dominate the bowling and/or build a defence, as the situation may demand. Bradman (52 tests 6996 runs @ 99.94 29×100 13×50) is an automatic choice. The five others would be Tendulkar (177 tests 14692 runs @ 56.94 51×100 59×50), Lara (131 tests 11953 runs @ 52.88 34×100 48×50), Richards (121 tests 8540 runs @ 50.23 24×100 45×50), Headley (22 tests 2190 runs @ 60.83 10×100 5×50) and Hammond (85 tests 7249 runs @ 58.45 22×100 24×50). (I guess any of these guys, save Bradman, can be replaced by any of Border, Ponting, Steve Waugh, Dravid, The 3W’s, RG Pollock, Greg Chappell and Sangakkara!). Going by statistics, these are the best middle order batsmen of all time. Some of these players even have a decent bowling record, too.

Border, Steve Waugh, and Ponting are widely regarded by their contemporaries as being pro’s pro, and the mentally toughest. RG Pollock and Greg Chappell have wonderful records during the era when pace bowling was at its finest!

Tendulkar vs Lara is probably as entertaining a debate as any in cricket. Most contemporary cricketers agree that Tendulkar was the more complete package, while Lara would be the choice for a big run chase. Now, since Bradman is an automatic choice, it’s down to choosing two from Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, and Brian Lara. Even though a lefty would bring some variety in the batting line-up, I would leave Lara out in this case.

Two All-Rounders

One Batting All-Rounder

Sobers is an automatic choice. The other one should be Kallis. These are the two best batting all-rounders of all time. I consider Kallis to be less of a true all-rounder than Kapil, Imran or Botham. However, he was a far superior batsman to any of the other three than he was inferior in bowling to those guys. So, as a batting all-rounder, Kallis is an automatic second choice. Kapil and Botham were the two most genuine all-rounders (can win with either bat or ball or both) before they had their career-affecting surgeries (to the knee and back, respectively).

One Bowling All-Rounder

Imran Khan and Keith Miller. If Imran Khan is not discredited for his ball tampering, he is one of the two best all-rounders in cricket history, the other one being Gary Sobers. Keith Miller had very Imranesque records. Both Kapil Dev and Ian Botham were outstanding all-rounders, specially during the early days of their careers, but would lose out to Imran and Miller in terms of statistics over the whole internationsal career. Shaun Pollock was another great bowling all-rounder to be considered here. Richard Hadlee was an outstanding all-rounder, and was considered by many as the most intelligent bowler they have faced.

I am tempted to include Kallis alongside Sobers as another all-rounder here. But that will make the pace attack thin.

One Wicket-Keeper

A quality wicket-keeper, both for fast bowling and spin, who is at least a useful batsman. Alan Knott and Adam Gilchrist are the two best here. However, I would replace Knott with Sangakkara! Knott is considered one of the finest wicket-keepers to have played the game. However, Sangakkara’s batting would give him the edge. He was a fine wicket-keeper as well.

Three Strike Bowlers

Two Fast Bowlers

This is the most crowded field of them all. The game has produced an abundance of greats in this category.

My top four could be Marshall, Barnes, McGrath and Hadlee. It could have been Trueman, Lillee, Akram and Garner as well. Or Waqar Younis, Alan Dadidson, Alan Donald and Ambrose/Walsh. Even Dale Steyn could easily be picked based on his phenomenal strike rate. But I kept the search simple. At least 150 wickets taken, a strike rate of at most 60, a bowling average of at most 24, and all these conditions are true for over-all career as well as in only away-games (other than for Barnes) against fairly strong oppositions.

Fast bowlers hunted in pairs (or packs!) – and I had initially thought of picking a pair (Ambrose-Walsh, Waqar-Wasim, Marshall-Garner, …..). But then, Barnes had statistics that is impossible to ignore. He was moody, and could be a captain’s nightmare – but still managed to have a spectacular bowling record

Marshall is arguably the best fast bowler across all conditions. There have been more intimidating bowlers, and there have been bowlers unplayable in certain conditions – but none more complete a fast bowler than Marshall.

Going by the account of the contemporary cricketers, it would be difficult to leave Akram out. More so because he brings variety by being a lefty! Then again, Lillee is widely considered as the best ever! Ambrose is considered the most unplayable by his contemporaries. And then, how would you leave out Garner, Holding, Roberts, or Trueman!

One Spinner

Warne and Muralitharan. This is purely based on statistics and consistency of their performance. Bill O’Riely, Kumble, Jim Laker, the Indian Spin Quatret, Subhas Gupte, Underwood, Mankad, Grimmett etc could be considered, too. But Warne and Muralitharan remain the two best spinners of all time. I would give a slight edge to Murali. He has the better statistics – and he has more success across the conditions, and was a tad bit superior match-winner. Warne’s batting was much better – but I don’t think that would be required for team with these batsmen at the top (with Imran batting at #8, and Marshall at #9 ).

My composition and Richie Benaud’s composition have very similar structures even though I had no idea that Benaud picked an all-time eleven in 2004.

My Best XIMy World XICricInfo XI ACricInfo XI BRichie Benaud’s XIBradman’s XI
Len HuttonJack HobbsJack HobbsSunil GavaskarJack HobbsArthur Morris
Sunil GavaskarVirender SehwagLen HuttonBarry RichardsSunil GavaskarBarry Richards
Don Bradman (vc)George HeadleyDon BradmanGeorge HeadleyDon BradmanDon Bradman
Sachin TendulkarBrian LaraSachin TendulkarBrian LaraViv RichardsSachin Tendulkar
Viv RichardsWally Hammond (vc)Viv RichardsWally HammondSachin TendulkarGary Sobers
Gary SobersJacques KallisGary SobersImran KhanGarry SobersDon Tallon
Imran Khan (cp)Adam Gilchrist (wk)Adam GilchristAlan KnottImran KhanRay Lindwall
Sangakkara (wk)Keith MillerMalcolm MarshallBill O’ReillyAdam GilchristDennis Lillee
Malcolm MarshallWasim AkramShane WarneFred TruemanShane WarneAlec Bedser
Muttiah MuralitharanShane Warne (cp)Wasim AkramMuttiah MuralitharanDennis LilleeBill O’Reilly
Sydney BarnesGlenn McGrathDennis LilleeSydney BarnesSydney BarnesClarrie Grimmett

You should better disagree with this ‘selection’ if you have ever watched any form of cricket. Please post your own Best World XI as a comment here.

The Wisden list published in 2001 tried to quantify and rank single individual performances as well as overall career performances for all cricketers who have played test matches. The merit and acceptability of this list is suspect, but we may use this as another pool of great cricketers. Only, Wisden is a little biased towards British and Australian cricketers. The top (“most influencial”) ten test batsmen, according to the list that takes the entire careers into account, are (in order): Bradman,    Tendulkar,    Dravid,    Sobers,    Border,    Hobbs,    Barrington,    Gavaskar,    GS Chappell and    Lara. The top ten bowlers are Muralitharan,    Hadlee,    Barnes,    Warne,    Grimmett,    McGrath,    Lillee,    Marshall,    Imran Khan and    Walsh. Other than for Barrington, all the names are there in my pool.

Three of the greatest cricketers ever

It’s all hypothetical. No point in arguing with the format of the game or the venues. All cricketing rules as of the end of 2009 will be deemed valid. Third umpire will be in place. Five unsuccessful review requests per innings per team will be allowed. The two teams will play a ten-game series of five-day test matches at the following venues over a year.

  1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
  2. The Lord’s, London, England
  3. Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
  4. Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
  5. Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
  6. Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
  7. The Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
  8. The Oval, Kennington, England
  9. Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
  10. PCA Stadium, Mohali, India

[An ‘All’-Time Indian Test XI may have a different combination than the above, though. Since India has not produced a match-winning fast bowler yet, the team may have to be a little all-rounder heavy, i.e., having a few players who are good bowlers and decent batsmen. Here is the combination:

Two opening batsmen from among Gavaskar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Vijay Merchant
Three middle-order batsmen from among Tendulkar, Dravid, M Amarnath, Laxman, Ganguly, Vijay Hazare, Virat Kohli.
One wicket-keeper from Dhoni and Kirmani

Five from the three categories below, depending on the pitch and some other conditions
Two/three all-rounders from Mankad, KapilDev and Phadkar
One/two pacer(s) from Zaheer Khan, Srinath, Amar Singh, Nissar, Bumrah

Two/one spinner(s) from Kumble, Gupte, Bedi, Chandra, Prasanna, Ashwin and Harbhajan

Mankad, KapilDev and Phadkar are very good batsmen capable of scoring centuries. Harbhajan, Zaheer, Srinath, Amar Singh and Kumble are also decent batsmen. On the other hand, M Amarnath, Vijay Hazare and Ganguly are decent medium pacers and Sehwag and Tendulkar can spin the ball

A very valid point to remember here:
An Indian team with eight of the players listed above (Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni, Laxman, Zaheer and Harbhajan) has been white-washed by England in England and by Australia in Australia in 2010-2011!

How about this as the best Indian test XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Mankad, Dhoni, Kapildev, Amar Singh, Kumble, Ashwin? Bats deep – everyone is capable of scoring some runs. Has two good medium pacers and three excellent spinners. Dhoni would be the captain, and Kapildev would be vice captain.

Another combination could be Gavaskar, Mankad, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Kapildev, Amar Singh, Kumble, Ashwin, Bumrah/Zaheer – this allows more bowling options, three pacers and three spinners.]

32 Comments »

  1. WoW!!!! i dont understand a word of your blog because i am very “good” with cricket!!! but i am soooooooooo excited to see you back in action!!! hope everything is fine… good … i am glad i will get to smile some more with your hard hitting posts!!

    Comment by sushmita — October 26, 2010 @ 10:30 PM

    • Everything has always been fine. I was just suffering from Idealess-Blogger’s-Block 😛

      Comment by Raja — October 27, 2010 @ 8:53 AM

  2. PS: i love the photograph!!! i love Sachin !!

    Comment by sushmita — October 26, 2010 @ 10:31 PM

  3. This should be real food for my son who is a huge cricket fan. As for me i am just plain happy to see u back…wonder if u were too busy or had what many call the writer’s block.Ok u said it…Idealess-Blogger’s block.
    Good! hope to see more of you…stay put and don’t worry…all of us have Idealess blocks.:)

    Comment by shivani — October 28, 2010 @ 10:14 PM

    • Thanks for dropping by 🙂
      It’s not any block or whatever. Was enjoying summer.

      Comment by Raja — October 29, 2010 @ 9:28 AM

  4. Too lazy to form my own XI … loved the post. Have been following the NZ ODIs and loving it. What I like most in your sports or any blog is the amount of research you put into it. And the knowledge. Brilliant. 🙂

    Comment by le embrouille blogueur (leb) — December 6, 2010 @ 10:54 AM

    • finally someone appreciated “learn a little before you talk” approach 🙂

      Comment by Raja — December 7, 2010 @ 10:56 AM

  5. I like the lists.Any of the teams would give the others some curry, though i think Bradman would of changed Tallon for Gilgrist if he lived long enough. Malcom Marshall would be in in my team to partner Lillee and Hadlee, The best fast bowlers ive ever seen , wish i could squeeze McGrath in there.I can; drop Warne and go with pace and with that lot it works for me. Batting is different , apart from the Don any mixture would be formidable and could be included, suprised no Greenidge or Haynes, as a partnership would hold there own at the top of the order in any lineup

    Comment by Iron elly — December 10, 2010 @ 1:03 AM

  6. Thanks for dropping by.
    Yeah, Lillee would be an obvious choice for many. Other than the reason I have mentioned for selecting the fast bowlers I have selected, Lillee has rather average averages in Asia and against the West Indies.
    Greenidge and Haynes would be great choices if openers are selected in partners, not as individuals. Hayden and Langer could also claim their spots. But individual records would favor Hutton and Hobbs.

    Comment by Raja — December 10, 2010 @ 9:06 AM

  7. All Time Greatest World XI

    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Don Bradman
    4. Viv Richards
    5. Garry Sobers
    6. Kumar Sangakkara
    7. Imran Khan
    8. Richard Hadlee (replace with O’Reilly if turning pitch)
    9. Malcolm Marshall
    10. Joel Garner
    11. Muralitheran

    Comment by Mal — December 24, 2010 @ 11:02 PM

    • Good one.
      The thing is, as long as you have Bradman and Sobers in team, and nine other familiar names, you will have a very good team.
      I did not like CricInfo’s one-allrounder approach. You have two solid all-rounders. Hadlee is also pretty good bat.

      Comment by Raja — December 30, 2010 @ 11:26 AM

  8. Most Interesting selections .Below are my 3 top teams
    1.Hobbs
    2.Gavaskar
    3.Bradman
    4.Tendulkar
    5.Viv Richards
    6.Sobers
    7.Gilchrist
    8.Marshall
    9.Warne
    10.Lillee
    11.Mcgrath

    2nd 11
    1.Hutton
    2.Barry Richards
    3.Headley
    4.Lara
    5.Graeme Pollock
    6.Imran
    7.Knott
    8.Akram
    9.Lindwall
    10.Barnes
    11.Murlitharan

    3rd 11
    1.Sehwag
    2.Morris
    3.Ponting
    4.Walter Hammond
    5.Greg Chappell
    6.Sangakaara
    7.Keith Miller
    8.Ambrose
    9.Bedser
    10.Andy Roberts
    11.Bill O’Reilly

    4th 11
    1.Hayden
    2.Greenidge
    3.Dravid
    4.Weekes
    5.Border
    6.Kallis
    7.Rodney Marsh
    8.Joel Garner
    9.Waqar Younus
    10.Michael Holding
    11.Bishen Bedi

    Comment by Harsh Thakor — January 30, 2011 @ 1:31 AM

    • Great, Fantastic lineup in all lists. Even GOD can;t create such list.

      But i think Dravid is better than Ponting by considering whole carrier. And Sehwag should be in 1st or 2nd list.

      By the way, great-2 work, i too have same thinking.

      are u on FB. My self Naveen Hooda on FB having moustaches and a google on face. I am from ROHTAK.

      Have a nice day.

      Comment by Naveen — December 20, 2011 @ 3:31 PM

  9. My Greatest Test XI
    1- Gavaskar
    2- Hobbs
    3- Bradman
    4- Tendulkar
    5- Viv Richards
    6- GIlchrist
    7- I Khan
    8- R Hadlee
    9- W Akram
    10- Warne
    11- Mcgrath

    My Greatest ODI XI
    1- Gilchrist
    2- Tendulkar
    3- Viv Ricahrds
    4- Dean Jones
    5- A Flintoff
    6- M Bevan
    7- S Afridi
    8- R Hadlee
    9- B Lee
    10- S Warne
    11- G Mcgrath

    Comment by Ramy — February 21, 2011 @ 4:02 AM

  10. 1st X1 2nd XI
    Len Hutton Jack Hobbs
    Sunil Gavaskar Virender Sehwag
    Don Bradman George Headley
    Brian Lara Wally Hammond
    Sachin Tendulkar Viv Richards
    Gary Sobers Jacques Kallis
    Imran Khan Adam Gilchrist
    Alan Knott Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall Wasim Akram
    Shane Warne Fred Trueman
    Dennis Lillee Muttiah Muralitharan

    Comment by Kirksland — May 22, 2011 @ 10:26 PM

  11. 1st X1 2nd XI
    Len Hutton — Jack Hobbs
    Sunil Gavaskar — Virender Sehwag
    Don Bradman — George Headley
    Brian Lara — Wally Hammond
    Sachin Tendulkar — Viv Richards
    Gary Sobers — Jacques Kallis
    Imran Khan — Adam Gilchrist
    Alan Knott — Richard Hadlee
    Malcolm Marshall — Wasim Akram
    Shane Warne — Fred Trueman
    Dennis Lillee — Muttiah Muralitharan

    Comment by Kirksland — May 22, 2011 @ 10:28 PM

  12. my world best eleven 1st

    greenidge
    sachin tendulkar
    don bradman(captain)
    viv richards
    javed miandad
    adam gilchrist(wk)
    Richard hadlee
    wasim akram(vice captain)
    joel garner
    murlidharan
    shane warne

    my world best eleven 2nd team

    Graham gooch
    barry richards
    graeme pollock
    Clive Lloyd(captain)
    gary sobers
    alan knott(wk)
    Imran khan
    shaun pollock
    dennis lilee
    Curtly Ambrose
    derek underwood

    Comment by Lawrence Saldanha — September 7, 2011 @ 3:45 PM

  13. 1 sutcliff
    2 jack Hobb
    3 Don
    4 Sobers
    5 Richards
    6 sangakkara
    7 Imran
    8 Marshall
    9 Akram
    10 Warne
    11 Barnes

    Comment by bimu — November 8, 2011 @ 1:22 PM

  14. 1.haynes
    2.greenidge
    3.bradman
    4.viv richards
    5.lara
    6.sobers
    7.gilchrist
    8.warne
    9.hadlee
    10.ambrose
    11.lillee

    unbeatable

    rock steady

    Comment by graham forsyth — November 19, 2011 @ 4:56 AM

  15. All Time Greatest World XI

    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Don Bradman
    4. Viv Richards
    5. Garry Sobers
    6. Kumar Sangakkara
    7. Imran Khan
    8. Richard Hadlee
    9. Malcolm Marshall
    10. Joel Garner
    11. Muralitheran

    All Time Greatest 2nd XI

    1. J. Hobbs
    2. V. Sehwag
    3. G. Headley
    4. G. Pollock
    5. S. Tendulkar
    6. C. Walcott
    7. K. Miller
    8. A. Davidson
    9. M. Holding
    10. S. Warne
    11. C. Ambrose

    Comment by Mal — December 11, 2011 @ 6:40 AM

  16. My best XI-1 in Test
    Since 1990’s

    Sehwag
    Hayden
    Lara
    Sachin
    Steve waugh
    Dravid
    Gilli
    Warne
    Akram
    Ambrose
    Mcgrath

    In ODI m best XI-1

    Gilli
    Sachin
    Lara
    Dhoni/ Hussy
    Michael Bewen
    Jonty Rodes
    Flintoff
    Murli
    Waqar
    Akram
    Mcgrath

    Comment by Naveen — December 20, 2011 @ 3:10 PM

  17. NOTE

    Someone above has mentioned RICKY PONTING & SANGAKARA in middle order.

    I request him to check PONTINGS stats, out of his 39 Centuries 24 have come in 2002, 03 ,05 & 06 otherwise he is an below av. batsman. He has greatly suffered against akram, donald, waqar, ambrose & walsh, now against dale steyn also.
    And SANGAKARA, check his records against S.A., AUS. W.I. & Eng in abroad. Most of his centuries have come in home or in sub-continent and same with JAYAWERDENE.

    AND at last i would say, those people who have not considered Michael Bewen in ODI are lacking cricketing mind seriously.

    Comment by Naveen — December 20, 2011 @ 3:20 PM

  18. My World XI would be Jack Hobbs, Barry Richards, Brian Lara, Don Bradman, Viv Richards, , Gary Sobers(C), Richard Hadlee, Alan Knott (WK), Shane Warne, Keith Miller and Mike Holding,

    Comment by ram — February 3, 2012 @ 5:54 AM

  19. my best 11
    gilchrist
    sachin
    dravid
    bradman
    kallis
    lara
    mcgrath
    muralitharan
    warne
    donald
    akram

    Comment by arqume — March 10, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

  20. My shortlist for the Greatest XI would be:

    Shortlist
    Openers:
    • Barry Richards
    • Herbert Suttcliffe
    • Sir Jack Hobbs
    • Sir Len Hutton
    • Sunil Gavaskar
    • Victor Trumper

    Number 3:
    • Sir Don Bradman
    • George Headley
    • Sir Wally Hammond

    Middle-Order:
    • Allan Border
    • Brian Lara
    • Graeme Pollock
    • Greg Chappell
    • Sachin Tendulkar
    • Sir Viv Richards

    All-Rounders:
    • Sir Garry Sobers
    • Imran Khan
    • Keith Miller

    Wicket-Keeper:
    • Adam Gilchrist
    • Alan Knott
    • Rod Marsh

    Spin Bowlers:
    • Abdul Qadir
    • Bill O’ Reilly
    • Clarrie Grimmett
    • Jim Laker
    • Shane Warne

    Pace Bowlers:
    • Dennis Lillee
    • Glenn McGrath
    • Malcolm Marshall
    • Sir Richard Hadlee
    • Sydney Barnes
    • Wasim Akram

    The XI

    Openers:
    1. J.B Hobbs
    2. S.M Gavaskar

    Number 3:
    3. D.G Bradman

    Middle-Order:
    4. I.V.A Richards
    5. S.R Tendulkar

    All-Rounder:
    6. G.St.A Sobers

    Wicketkeeper:
    7. A.C Gilchrist

    Spin Bowlers:
    S.K Warne
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    Pace Bowlers:
    M.D Marshall
    D.K Lillee

    12th Man:
    Imran Khan

    Reserves:
    W.R Hammond
    B.C Lara
    K.R Miller

    Manager:
    F.M.M Worrell

    Comment by Taha Ijaz — April 28, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

  21. my all-time world x1.hobbs,grace,bradman,tendulker,v.richards,sobers,i.khan(capt),knott(wkt),marshall,warne,barnes.12th man w.rhodes.

    Comment by mark sadler. — July 30, 2012 @ 2:07 PM

  22. Jack Hobbs
    Len Hutton
    Don Bradman
    Viv Richards
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist
    Imran Khan
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn Mcgrath

    Wally Hammond

    Comment by Kyear2 — August 26, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

  23. Jack Hobbs
    Don Bradman
    Dravid
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Lara
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist
    Imran Khan
    Shane Warne
    C.Ambrose
    Glenn Mcgrath

    Comment by velandhiran — March 21, 2013 @ 5:06 AM

  24. My All time ODI 11’s:
    Sehwag
    Sachin
    A.Gilli
    R.Pointing
    Pieterson
    L.Klusner
    W.Akram
    S.Warne
    Glenn Mcgrath
    A.Donalld

    Hayden, Kallis, M.Murali, Watson

    Comment by velandhiran — March 21, 2013 @ 5:26 AM

  25. My All time ODI 11’s
    Sehwag
    Sachin
    J.kallis
    R.Pointing
    Pieterson
    A.Gilli
    L.Klusner
    W.Akram
    S.Warne
    Glenn Mcgrath
    A.Donalld

    Comment by velandhiran — March 21, 2013 @ 5:28 AM

  26. My All time 20/20 Players:
    C.Gayle
    V.Sehwag
    duplessis
    S.Watson
    Y.Singh
    Pieterson
    Dhoni (C/WK)
    S.Afridi
    S.Ajmal
    Styne
    Bollinger

    Comment by velandhiran — March 21, 2013 @ 5:38 AM

  27. My All time 20/20 Players:
    C.Gayle
    B.B. McCullum
    Kohli
    S.Watson
    Pieterson
    A.B.De Vill
    Dhoni (C/WK)
    S.Afridi
    S.Ajmal
    Styne
    JM Anderson (or) Buvanesh Kumar

    Comment by Vel — September 10, 2013 @ 6:35 AM


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