Sunday, October 3, 2010

My All Time XI

World XI
Gordon Greenidge – A West Indian who learnt his trade in England and then represented the Caribbean, Greenidge is statistically the finest opening batsman ever produced in the region

Sunil Gavaskar – The original wall and the master blaster. His mantle as both was picked up by the 2 men to follow, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, but if the Gavaskar Calypso is any clue, he was definitely the original wall and the master blaster.

Rahul Dravid – My favorite cricket player ever. The finest No. 3 and slip fielder in Indian cricket history, and one of the best ever.

Sachin Tendulkar – There are not enough words that can describe him and his impact & importance to world cricket and Indian cricket. Many odes have been written in his honor already and million more would be written in the years to come. I think in the end it’s just enough to say that when Sachin is happy, usually so is the rest of the India!!!

Sir Viv Richards – The real Calypso King!!!

Adam Gilchrist – If you really want you can debate about having Bradman in your team but Gilchrist as a wicketkeeper is a no brainer. I think that says a lot. Probably would be the only 100% unanimous choice.

Anil Kumble – Mr. Perfect 10. For me, there is no more awe-inspiring sight than watching Anil Kumble coming to bowl with his broken jaw wrapped in bandages and taking the wicket of Brian Lara. Absolute giant. He is the Muhammad Ali of Cricket.

Glen McGrath – Probably the most effective fast bowler in the history of cricket. He walks into my XI on the sheer aura he had through the 90s and 2000s.

Michael Holding – The silent death. My pick from the great West Indian pace battery from the 1970s and 1980s. His over to Geoffrey Boycott is stuff that legends are made of.

Shane Warne – The show-man of cricket. His leg spin bowling was legendary but his antics on/off field were pure entertainment!

Wasim Akram – The sultan of swing. He probably was the only bowler who could bowl 6 different type of deliveries in an over.

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